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Linda Cardellini will join Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in the real-life drama Green Book.
Participant Media has come on board to fully finance and produce the film from director Peter Farrelly, which follows an Italian-American bouncer (Mortensen) with a seventh-grade education who in 1962 is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), one of the world’s finest jazz pianists, on a concert tour from New York City through the pre-Civil Rights era Deep South. They had to use the Negro Motorist Green Book to guide them to the few motels, restaurants and gas stations below the Mason-Dixon Line that served black customers.
Farrelly wrote the feature, along with Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie.
Jim Burke, Charles Wessler and Farrelly will produce, along with Vallelonga and Currie. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, along with Cinetic Media’s John Sloss and Steve Farneth will executive produce, as well as Kwame Parker.
Amblin Partners will distribute Green Book, which will go in front of cameras this week, as a part of its deal with Participant.
Cardellini, who can currently be seen in theaters in Daddy’s Home 2, is repped by ICM, Mosaci and Jackoway Tyerman.