Castro rounds up two-pic deal


Paul Castro, one of the scribes behind "August Rush," has signed a two-picture deal with producers Michael Wasserman and Amy Balsam's the Unusual Suspects banner.

The deal, made before the WGA strike, sees Wasserman and Balsam acquiring two projects from Castro: the drama "Eileen's Ice" and the coming-of-age road drama "Cupcake," which will mark the writer's directorial debut.

"Ice" centers on an unorthodox nun who is ordered to take in a troubled teen under house arrest and learns that the two unlikely companions have more in common than she thinks.

"Cupcake" follows a teen's quest to find the father he never knew with the help of a prostitute named Cupcake.

Wasserman produced the recent baseball movie "The Final Season," while Balsam co-produced "My Sexiest Year" with Frankie Muniz, Harvey Keitel and Haylie Duff.

Castro's "August Rush," starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, opens Wednesday November 21. Castro is repped by Preferred Artists.