Carnage's Daniels and Guys and Dolls' Graham Star in "The Answer Man"

News   Carnage's Daniels and Guys and Dolls' Graham Star in "The Answer Man" God of Carnage's Jeff Daniels and recent Guys and Dolls actress Lauren Graham co-star in the film "The Answer Man," which opens in New York and Los Angeles July 24.

"The Answer Man" stars Jeff Daniels and Max Antisell
"The Answer Man" stars Jeff Daniels and Max Antisell Photo by courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

First-time writer-director John Hindman helms the film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will expand to select cities in the following weeks. Lou Taylor Pucci ("Thumbsucker"), Kat Dennings ("Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist"), Tony Hale ("Arrested Development") and Olivia Thirlby ("Juno" and seen Off-Broadway in Farragut North) join Daniels and Graham in the cast.

The romantic comedy, according to press notes, "centers on "Arlen Faber (Daniels) [who] is the reclusive and misanthropic author of 'Me and God,' a book that has redefined spirituality for an entire generation and has been translated into over 100 languages. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of his still wildly popular book, Arlen finds his world turned upside down when his life collides with Elizabeth (Graham), a single mother who might just be able to provide the salvation he needs."

Daniels ends his current run in God of Carnage July 27 and rejoins his co-stars the production when returns from hiatus Sept. 8. The star — known for his film turns in "The Squid and the Whale," "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Pleasantville" and "Terms of Endearment" — also writes for the stage. He founded The Purple Rose Theatre Company in his hometown of Chelsea, MI, where he has presented a dozen of his plays. Recent stage credits include Turn of the Century and Blackbird.

Graham made her Broadway debut in the recent revival of Guys and Dolls. The actress is known for her television work in "Gilmore Girls" and film roles in "Flash of Genius," "Evan Almighty" and "Bad Santa." She previously appeared on stage in Once in a Lifetime at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

The R-rated, 95-minute film was previously titled "Arlen Farber. " "The Answer Man" can be found on the web at AnswerManMovie.com.

Lauren Graham and Jeff Daniels in "The Answer Man"
Lauren Graham and Jeff Daniels in "The Answer Man" Photo by courtesy of Magnolia Pictures