Pair hops aboard bunny pic 'Hank'


Wes Bentley and Joe Mantegna have been the cast in "Hank and Mike," a dark comedy about two Easter bunnies being produced by Canada-based Darius Films and Shoreline Entertainment. Matthiew Klinck is directing the film.

Thomas Michael and writing partner Paolo Mancini wrote the script and play the title roles of two foul-mouthed Easter bunnies who get fired and try their hand at an assortment of odd jobs, their lives unraveling until they realize that without their jobs they are nothing.

Bentley will play an efficiency consultant, and Mantegna is the owner of Easter Enterprises.

Michael and Mancini have been performing and honing the characters of Hank and Mike on television and stage in Canada since they created the rabbit buddies nearly 10 years ago.

Producing are Darius' Nicholas Tabarrok and Shoreline's Morris Ruskin along with Michael, who is producing via his Peeping Tom Films. Pierre Even ("C.R.A.Z.Y.") also is producing.

Shoreline Entertainment is representing the film in the U.S. and internationally.

Tabarrok and Ruskin produced the Allan Moyle directed "Weirdsville," starring Bentley, Scott Speedman and Taryn Manning. The movie screens today at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Bentley, repped by WMA, next appears in "Ghost Rider."

Mantegna, repped by Peter Strain and Associates, will appear in the USA Network telefilm "Starter Wife."