5 more glow in 'Fireflies' ensemble


Willem Dafoe, Hayden Panettiere, Shannon Lucio, Ioan Gruffudd and George Newbern are joining the ensemble cast of Senator Entertainment's "Fireflies in the Garden." They join Carrie-Anne Moss, Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts and Emily Watson, who already have boarded the project.

Dennis Lee will make his directorial debut from a screenplay he penned. The story is loosely based on Lee's life and explores the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced with an unexpected tragedy.

Shooting is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Austin.

Senator's Marco Weber and Vanessa Coifman are producing alongside Sukee Chew. The film is the first U.S. production that Senator is financing and producing.

"We are quite fortunate to have secured an ensemble with such talent and global boxoffice track record," Weber said. "Their desire to be involved with this film clearly shows the quality of the script."

The movie is represented by CAA for North American rights, and Jere Hausfeter's Essential Entertainment is handling foreign territories, excluding Germany, where Senator has an established distribution chain.