Despite still being an aspiring young filmmaker with a fairly modest résumé, G.J. Echternkamp has managed to assemble a surprisingly solid cast for his next project, based on the real life story of his mother, Cindy Brown, and stepfather, Frank Garcia.
Garcia was the bassist of the 1980s dance-rock band “OXO”, which rose to fame in 1983 following the success of the single “Whirly Girl”, but then fell off the radar almost instantly. His and his wife’s eccentric lifestyles inspired Echternkamp to make a 2007 documentary called “Frank and Cindy”, which will get a feature film adaptation next year.
The new “Frank and Cindy” will star Oliver Platt and Rene Russo in the titular roles, as well as Jane Levy, Marc Maron and Johnny Simmons. Platt is probably the biggest name in this roster, having been nominated for a Golden Globe back in 2005 and no less than four Emmys, in ’01, ’05, ’06 and ’08.
The Huff star has recently wrapped up Showtime’s The Big C and will soon appear on the big screen in “Lucky Them”, opposite Toni Collette, and Marc Turtletaub’s “God Behaving Badly”.
Next up, we have Rene Russo, who we all know from ‘90s blockbusters “Lethal Weapon 3”, “Tin Cup” and “The Thomas Crown Affair” and that only has “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World” in her filmography since 2005.
Meanwhile, Levy continues to be a regular in Suburgatory, Maron is the creator and star of the IFC show Maron, and Simmons has been seen in “21 Jump Street” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” last year. Now that’s an awesome cast for an indie comedy helmed by a no-name (no offense, G.J.) director and writer.
Via [Hollywood Reporter]