Stage Stars Hoffman, Janney, Johnston, Theroux, More Join "Strangers With Candy" Movie

News   Stage Stars Hoffman, Janney, Johnston, Theroux, More Join "Strangers With Candy" Movie Stage performers Philip Seymour Hoffman, Allison Janney, Kristen Johnston, Deborah Rush and Justin Theroux will join Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker in the upcoming film based on the television comedy "Strangers With Candy," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The movie is filming in New Jersey, reported the trade magazine, with a script from the TV show's original cast co-creators Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert — who also star in the movie. Dinello directs as Mark Roberts and Lorena David (of Roberts/David Films) produce with Worldwide Pants Inc. executive producing.

The cast includes a number of performers who frequent the stage, including Matthew Broderick (The Producers, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Long Day's Journey Into Night, "Boogie Nights"), Dan Hedaya (the upcoming Twelve Angry Men, "Clueless"), Iam Holm (The Homecoming, "The Fifth Element"), Allison Janney (A View From The Bridge, "The West Wing"), Kristen Johnston (Much Ado About Nothing, "Third Rock from the Sun"), Sarah Jessica Parker (Once Upon A Mattress, "Sex and the City") and Justin Theroux (Observe the Sons of Ulster...,"Six Feet Under").

Also featured in the cast with Chris Pratt ("Everwood") are Deborah Rush (Noises Off), Maria Thayer (Necessary Targets), Hechter Ubarry (Man of La Mancha), Chandra Wilson (Caroline, or Change), Carlo Alban (References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot) and Callie Thorne (Gone Home).

The project reunites Wonder of the World co-stars Sedaris and Parker — who recently reteamed on the set of "Sex and the City." It also marks the first time the stage couple Broderick and Parker have starred together since their Broadway stint in the revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

"Strangers With Candy" ran on Comedy Central for three seasons and starred Sedaris with co-creators Dinello and Colbert. The satire of afterschool specials cast Sedaris as a 46-year-old ex-addict who returned to high school after 30 years and now deals with trying to be hip with kids 1/3 her age. The comedy trio also recently toured with their "page-to-stage" production Wigfield — based on their book of the same title. Colbert also serves as a "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" correspondent.