Three actors cast in 'Janie Jones'

Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Breslin join drama

"He's in love with rock 'n' roll, whoahh!"

Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue and Abigail Breslin have been cast in the indie drama "Janie Jones," along with Frank Whaley, Brittany Snow, Peter Stormare and Joel David Moore.

Breslin will play the title role, a young girl abandoned by her drug-addicted, former-groupie mother (Shue) at a concert and surprises the fading rock singer who's performing (Nivola) with news that she is his daughter.

The film is written and will be directed by David M. Rosenthal ("See This Movie"), who based the story on his similar experience. Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and Eric Bassett of David Lynch's Absurda are producing and splitting the international sales duties.

The film starts shooting this week in Iowa.

There was, in fact, a notorious Janie Jones in 1960s-'70s London who made waves as a pop star and famous madam. The Clash subsequently memorialized her in the first song on their 1977 debut album.

Nivola, who is repped by WME and Management 360, notably played a rock star in Lisa Cholodenko's "Laurel Canyon." He also has appeared in "Junebug," "Face/Off" and "Best Laid Plans." He next appears in Sony Pictures Classics' "Coco Before Chanel," set for release Sept. 25.

Shue, repped by CAA and Management 360, recently appeared in "Hamlet 2" and "Gracie," which she also produced. She next stars in Dimension Films' "Piranha 3-D," which swims into theaters in April.

Breslin, repped by ICM and Envision Management, most recently appeared in "My Sister's Keeper" and "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl." She next appears in the Columbia horror-comedy "Zombieland," set for release Oct. 2.

Unified and Absurda recently collaborated on the psychological thriller "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done," from director Werner Herzog and producer Lynch. That film screened last week at the Venice and Telluride film festivals and will screen Wednesday at the Toronto International Film Festival.