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Hayes MacArthur, Thomas Middleditch, Frankie Shaw and Amanda Lund are also in the movie, which began production Monday in Los Angeles.
Barry follows three friends who plot to get rid of their socially inappropriate friend Barry by finding him a wife. But when Barry finally meets a woman, she turns out to be just like him, and now the guys have to deal with not one but two “Barrys.”
Josephson is producing with Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen of Straight Up Films.
Executive producers are Josephson Entertainment vp Alexander Young, Madrose Productions’ Jeremy Bailer and Marc H. Simon of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, who packaged the project.
“The funniest, most outrageous characters are often relegated to the role of sidekick,” said Pearlstein, who won an Oscar for best live-action short film for his movie Our Time Is Up. “We’re bringing those characters front and center and giving them their own love story. But the movie is also a love story between the friends, and at its heart, it’s about how friendship endures against all odds.”
Labine, repped by CAA and Canada’s Characters Talent Agency, starred in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil and appeared in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy as well as Planet of the Apes. He will be seen on NBC’s fall series Animal Practice.
Wayans is one of the stars of ABC’s Happy Endings and appeared in The Other Guys with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
Punch may be best known to American audiences for her scene-stealing work in the Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher. She also appeared in Good Old Fashioned Orgy as well as Dinner for Schmucks.
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