Keir Gilchrist to star in 'Funny Story'

'United States of Tara' co-star nabs lead in Focus' film

Keir Gilchrist has nabbed the lead role in "It's Kind of a Funny Story," Focus' coming-of-age film from writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Gilchrist, who appears on Showtime's "United States of Tara," joins a cast that includes Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts and Viola Davis. Also coming aboard are Zoe Kravitz, Aasif Mandavi, Lauren Graham and Jim Gaffigan.

The comedy-drama adaptation of Ned Vizzini's 2006 novel centers on 16-year-old Craig (Gilchrist) who, stressed out from the demands of being a teenager, checks himself into a mental health clinic. He learns that the youth ward is closed and finds himself stuck in the adult ward.

Galifianakis plays a patient who becomes the boy's mentor and protege, Roberts is another patient, and Davis plays a psychiatrist. Kravitz is the boy's crush, Mandvi another psychiatrist; Graham and Gaffigan are the parents.

Shooting begins in New York in early December.

Focus holds worldwide rights to the project, which it is co-financing with Wayfare Entertainment.

Kevin Misher is producing through his Misher Films with Wayfare's Ben Browning. Wayfare's Michael Maher and Peter Rawlinson are executive producers.

Gilchrist, repped by ICM and Thruline Entertainment, plays Toni Collette's son on Showtime's "Tara." He stars in "Hungry Hills," a drama that bowed at Toronto and recently wrapped indie feature "Just Peck."