Wonderful Town Star to Pen and Head Cast of New Film

News   Wonderful Town Star to Pen and Head Cast of New Film "Ira & Abby: A Divorce Story" is the title of a new film penned by Wonderful Town Tony nominee Jennifer Westfeldt.
Jennifer Westfeldt
Jennifer Westfeldt Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Westfeldt, who is best known for her film "Kissing Jessica Stein," will co-star with Chris Messina in the new motion picture, which is scheduled to begin filming in New York Nov. 12 under the direction of Robert Cary. The cast, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will also feature Frances Conroy, Fred Willard and Robert Klein as well as six celebrity therapists to be named at a later date. The film concerns the impromptu marriage of Westfeldt and Messina's characters, which leads to "a chain of affairs involving their parents, exes and therapists," according to the industry paper. About her newest project Westfeldt told the Hollywood Reporter that the film explores the idea that "marriage is a coin toss, and whether or not it's an outdated institution for the younger generation. . . .I hope it sparks debate."

Producers for the film include Westfeldt, Brad Zions, Jennifer Todd, Ilana Levine and Declan Baldwin.

Jennifer Westfeldt made her Broadway debut as Eileen Sherwood in the revival of Wonderful Town. She also co-wrote, produced and played the title role in the indie hit "Kissing Jessica Stein." Her theatrical credits include The Fantasticks, Peter Pan, Sweeney Todd, Arms and the Man, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Carousel, My Fair Lady and Fiorello!.

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