Parker Posey joins 'Highland Park'

Andrew Meieran directing and producing dark comedy

Parker Posey has joined the cast of the Bureau of Moving Pictures feature "Highland Park," now shooting in Detroit. The Bureau's Andrew Meieran is directing and producing the dark comedy, which he co-wrote with Christopher Keyser.

The film, which stars Danny Glover, focuses on a high school faculty in a struggling community. In the story, a teacher wins the lottery and uses the largesse to restore the local library and energize the community in the process.

Posey will play Shirley Paine, one-time homecoming queen and now the opportunistic mayor of Highland Park.

"Highland" has a real-life motive: It's designed to help reopen the neighborhood's McGregor Library, shut down in 2002 because of a lack of funds. Meieran plans to simultaneously direct a documentary tracing Highland Park's history and the library restoration efforts.

"We're excited to have the opportunity to be a part of bringing jobs to Michigan and the revival of Highland Park and the McGregor Library," Meieran said. "The efforts of Raleigh Michigan Studios to re-invigorate the local economies were one of the inspirations for the film."

The Bureau is also developing "Big Eyes," with a screenplay by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski ("The People vs. Larry Flynt") and Kate Hudson attached to star; "We Are All the Same," written by Keir Pearson ("Hotel Rwanda") and starring Naomi Watts; and "Incandescent," penned by Jonathan Marc Feldman ("Swing Kids").

Posey, repped by CAA and D/F Management, recently appeared in "Spring Breakdown," "Broken English" and "Superman Returns." She next stars in "Happy Tears," which Roadside Attractions releases in January.