Dano signs for 'Gigantic'


Paul Dano, coming off his featured role in "There Will Be Blood," will star in and executive produce "Gigantic," an offbeat romantic comedy being helmed by first-time director Matt Aselton. Zooey Deschanel will also star in the indie feature.

Killer Films' Christine Vachon and Charles Pugliese are producing, as is Mindy Goldberg of Epoch Films.

Written by Aselton and Adam Nagata, the script revolves around a mattress salesman and a young woman he meets at his store.

Production is tentatively set for early March in New York. Machine Made Media is financing.

After "Gigantic," Dano will segue to the indie feature "The Good Heart," which reunites him with Brian Cox; the two starred in Michael Cuesta's "L.I.E." Shooting on "Heart" is scheduled for New York and Iceland at the end of April. "Heart" revolves around an abrasive barman (Cox) and a young homeless man (Dano) who becomes his protege.

Dano caught the industry's attention with his work in "Little Miss Sunshine," which he followed up with the characters of Paul and Eli Sunday in "Blood." He is repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment.

Deschanel will next be seen starring opposite Mark Wahlberg in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening." She is repped by CAA, Seven Summits Management and Hansen Jacobson Teller.