The singing actor, who was Tony-nominated for his performance in the hit musical The Book of Mormon, told Playbill.com earlier this week, "We just had our table read last week. I play Anne Hathaway's business partner. It's very exciting to work with [writer-director-producer] Nancy Meyers, who is incredible, and then to be with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro is really exciting."
Rannells, who is now a series regular on HBO's "Girls," described the film as such: "Anne Hathaway runs an internet clothing company and a very successful one, and Robert De Niro plays a retired CEO that in his retirement finds that he needs something else to do, so he becomes an intern at her office and sort of helps mentor her."
Rannells steps into the title role of Hedwig Aug. 20.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.