6 light up for Occupant's 'Wackness'


Ben Kingsley, Josh Peck, Famke Janssen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Olivia Thirlby and Method Man are taking a whack at the indie comedy "The Wackness."

Occupant Films is producing and financing the comedy, which was penned by Jonathan Levine, who also will direct. Occupant's Keith Calder, Felipe Marino and Joe Neurauter are producing.

Set in New York in summer 1994, the greatest year in hip-hop, the story revolves around a troubled teenage drug dealer (Peck) who trades pot for therapy sessions with a drug-addled psychiatrist (Kingsley) intent on living his life to the fullest. The two form an unlikely friendship, but things get complicated when the kid falls for the doctor's daughter (Thirlby). The film is shooting in New York.

The film reteams Occupant and Levine, who made his directorial debut with Occupant's "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane," a Toronto Film Festival darling, which is set to bow early next year2008.

Kingsley's credits include "House of Sand and Fog," "Sexy Beast," "Schindler's List" and "Gandhi."

Peck is half of Nickelodeon's tween sensation "Drake and Josh," which has spawned a movie project in development at Nickelodeon/Paramount Pictures. He most recently filmed the Owen Wilson starrer "Drillbit Taylor" for Paramount Pictures.

Janssen is best known for her role as Jean Grey in the "X-Men" film franchise. She also starred in "Hide and Seek" and "Don't Say a Word."

Olsen most recently starred in "New York Minute."

Thirlby, whose credits include "United 93," will next be seen in "Juno," "Snow Angels" and "Margaret."

Method Mad's film credits include "Garden State" and "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Kingsley and Janssen are repped by CAA. Peck is repped by ICM. Levine and Olsen are handled by UTA. Thirlby is repped by the Gersh Agency.