Class size grows for 'Lessons'
EmptyMax Thieriot, Bow Wow, Evan Ross, Chi McBride and Gabrielle Anwar will star in and Selma Blair is in final negotiations to join the indie black comedy "Driving Lessons."
Thieriot ("Kit Kittredge: An American Girl") will play the religious, right-wing teenage son of Bunnie (Hope Davis), a woman given a second chance at her unhappy marriage to Jack (Dermot Mulroney) after losing her memory. It conveniently helps her forget an interracial affair with her burly next-door neighbor Simon (McBride).
Blair will play a sarcastic lesbian high school teacher having an affair with a student (Madeline Zima). Anwar will play Jack's sexy, power-crazed co-worker, and Brittany Robertson is cast as his sexually adventurous daughter.
Ross will play Simon's son, and actor-rapper Bow Wow and Jermaine Williams will play wannabe thugs who complicate everyone's lives. John Patrick Amedori also stars.
Vivi Friedman's feature debut is based on an original screenplay by Mark Lisson. J. Todd Harris, Allan Jones and Lisson will produce the project, set to begin principal photography next month in Los Angeles.