Five raise a glass to 'Bottle' pic
EmptyChris Pine, Rachael Taylor, Eliza Dushku, Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman are toasting "Bottle Shock," a drama about the birth of the Napa Valley wine industry from filmmaker Randall M. Miller.
Set in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of the Montelena Winery, which won an international wine-tasting competition and put the California region on the vino map.
Pine portrays the son of the vineyard owner who saves the winery and represents Napa in the French tasting, while Taylor plays a university student who interns at the winery.
Dushku acts as a local bartender, and Pullman is the owner of the run-down winery who clashes with his son.
Rickman is an Englishman who runs L'Academie du Vin in Paris and is the chief architect of the blind-tasting challenge that results in an upset victory for the American vintages.
The script was written by Miller and Jody Savin from an original script by Ross Schwartz. Savin also is producing along with Marc Toberoff and J. Todd Harris of IPW.
IPW raised the financing for the film, which begins shooting Aug. 1 in Napa and Sonoma.
Miller, an actor-turned director, is best known for writing, directing and producing 2005's ensemble musical "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School."
Pine, repped by SDB Partners and John Carrabino Management, is shooting "Small Town Saturday Night." The project by writer-director Ryan Craig was initially set up at the Sundance Producers Lab in 2006. Pine will next be seen in Paramount Vantage's "Carriers," due out early next year, and recently starred in the Neil LaBute play "Fat Pig" at the Geffen Playhouse.
Taylor can be seen in the summer hit "Transformers" and recently wrapped the horror film "Shutter" opposite Joshua Jackson. She is repped by WMA and Marquee in Australia.
Gersh-repped Dushku next stars in the indie crime drama "The Alphabet Killer" while Pullman, repped by One Entertainment, recently appeared in the crime comedy "You Kill Me."
Rickman, repped by Endeavor and ICM London, is on screen as Severus Snape in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and will next be seen in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd."