Three actors go to school for 'Madison'


Frances Conroy, Taryn Manning and Will Patton have boarded the psychological thriller "Waking Madison."

They join Elisabeth Shue and "Disturbia's" Sarah Roemer, who already have been cast in the indie film written by Katherine Brooks, who also is directing.

"Madison" tells the story of a woman (Roemer) who, after trying all traditional means to cure her mental illness, locks herself in her apartment for 30 days with no food, telephone or outside stimuli.

Conroy will play Dolly, Madison's mother and a religious zealot who has her own mental-health issues.

Manning plays Margaret, a fellow patient with sociopathic tendencies who resides at the psychiatric hospital with Madison. Patton plays Madison's loving but emotionally absent father.

The film is a joint production between Annapurna Prods. and Fixed Point Films. Megan Ellison, Jonah Hirsch and Ted Schipper are producing.

Shooting is set to begin today in New Orleans.

Conroy, whose credits include "Shopgirl," "Broken Flowers" and HBO's long-running "Six Feet Under," is repped by ICM.

Manning's credits include "Hustle & Flow" and "A Lot Like Love." She is repped by WMA, Scott Karp and attorney P.J. Shapiro.

Patton, who appeared in this year's "A Mighty Heart" and appears in the upcoming "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," is repped by Paradigm, Kate Edwards and attorney Alex Kohner.