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Neil Patrick Harris has joined 8-Bit Christmas, a New Line comedy for HBO Max that Michael Dowse is directing.
Harris is headlining a cast that includes Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made star Winslow Fegley, June Diane Raphael (Grace and Fankie), and Steve Zahn.
The movie, currently in production in Toronto, adapts the debut novel by Kevin Jakubowski that is meant to be a heartfelt and humorous look at childhood misadventures. Set in suburban Chicago in the 1980s, the script, also written Jakubowski, follows a 10-year old boy named Jake Doyle and his epic quest to find the best video game system.
Harris is playing the adult Doyle and is also narrating. Fegley is the young boy while Raphael and Zahn are his parents.
Tim White, Trevor White and Allan Mandelbaum are producing via their Star Thrower Entertainment banner. The company already has an with Warners it last year wrapped Will Smith’s tennis drama King Richard for the studio.
Also producing are Nick Nantell and Jonathan Sadowski. Jakubowski and Whitney Brown will exec produce.
Harris, who recently endeared himself to the young’un set with his work in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, appeared in HBO Max’s series It’s a Sin and will next be seen opposite Nicolas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent as well as in The Matrix 4.
He is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
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