Movie newbie joins Coppola's 'Tetro' family


Francis Ford Coppola has chosen newcomer Alden Ehrenreich to star in his family drama "Tetro."

Maribel Verdu ("Pan's Labyrinth") also is joining the cast, and Javier Bardem has an offer for a key role.

Written by Coppola, the script follows a young man (Ehrenreich) journeying to Buenos Aires to find his brother, who left the family years earlier.

Verdu will play the brother's girlfriend.

Bardem, whose deal depends on scheduling, would play an Argentinean literary critic named Unknown. Longtime Coppola cohorts Fred Roos and Anahid Nazarian are exec producing.

Production is due to start February in Buenos Aires.

While Ehrenreich's only credits are an episode of CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and an episode of the CW's "Supernatural," he has a big-name backer: Steven Spielberg. The director discovered Ehrenreich at a bat mitzvah, where the teenager had done a video for a friend.

Ehrenreich is repped by WMA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Patti Felker.