Henry Winkler, DJ Qualls join 'Running Mates'

Canadian theatrical comedy from Thomas Michael

TORONTO -- Henry Winkler and DJ Qualls ("CSI") have jumped on board "Running Mates," the Canadian theatrical comedy from actor and director Thomas Michael.

The Canuck film, from Buck Productions and Fella Films, also stars Michael as Archie Fenton, an ambitious young man who returns to his small town roots to run for mayor against his childhood friend Reg, played by Paolo Mancini.

Winkler plays the incumbent mayor Weatherbee in the fictional town of Shoulder, while Qualls plays a local boy who suffered a tragic accident that left him with the nickname "One Ball."

Also starring in "Running Mates" is Jane McLean ("24," "Dexter") as Fenton's wife, and Mike Beaver, who plays Reg's brother.

Principato Young, which packaged the Canadian feature, represents Michael, Winkler and DJ Qualls.

"Running Mates" is shooting in Burk's Fall, Ontario to the end of October.