Alex Wolff Sets Cast for Directorial Debut 'The Cat and the Moon' (Exclusive)

The 'Jumanji' actor wrote and stars in the film, alongside Mike Epps, Skyler Gisondo, Stefania LaVie Owen, Tommy Nelson and Mischa Barton.
Alex Wolff   |   Courtesy of Udo Spreitzenbarth
The 'Jumanji' actor wrote and stars in the film, alongside Mike Epps, Skyler Gisondo, Stefania LaVie Owen, Tommy Nelson and Mischa Barton.

Alex Wolff is ready to step behind the camera.

The actor, who most recently starred in the hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, has found his cast for his directorial debut The Cat and the Moon, with Mike Epps, Skyler Gisondo, Stefania LaVie Owen, Tommy Nelson and Mischa Barton set to co-star alongside the filmmaker.

The Cat and the Moon is a personal project for Wolff, who spent several years writing the script as a starring vehicle for himself. The film centers on teenager Nick (Wolff), who comes to New York to temporarily live with a jazz musician friend of his late father's named Cal (Epps) while his mom is in rehab. During his time in the city, he befriends a group of kids who show him what New York has to offer. Gisondo will play Seamus, Owen will portray Eliza, Nelson will play Russell and Barton will portray Jessica Petersen.

Ken H. Keller and Caron Rudner are producing; Peter Berg and Josh Boone are executive producers. CAA will handle domestic sales for the pic.

Wolff is coming off the biggest hit of his career to date with Jumanji, in which he played a teenager sucked into a video game to inhabit the avatar of a character played by Dwayne Johnson. The film has earned $934 million worldwide to date. His other recent credits include Patriots Day and My Friend Dahmer, in which the actor played John Backderf, the real-life graphic novelist and friend of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Wolff previously directed the short Boots, which premiered in 2015 at the Long Island Film Festival.

Up next, Wolff has Netflix’s Dude, due out April 20, and Shout! Factory’s House of Tomorrow, which also stars Asa Butterfield and is set to open April 27. His A24 horror thriller Hereditary is slated to bow June 28 and currently holds a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes following its Sundance premiere.

Wolff is repped by CAA, Untitled and Definition Entertainment. Epps is repped by CAA. Gisondo is repped by Paradigm/Untitled. Owen is repped by Paradigm and McKeon/Myones. Nelson is repped by Abrams Artist/Sinclair Management. 

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