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Paul Rudd joined by handful of comedic talents for “Idiot Brother”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Paul Rudd’s “Idiot Brother” is getting some company.

Hugh Dancy (“Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Adam”), Kathryn Hahn (“Revolutionary Road,” “Step Brothers”), Academy Award-nominated actress Shirley Knight, and Janet Montgomery (“Black Swan”) have joined the cast of the Jesse Peretz directed, “My Idiot Brother,” a comedy about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them.

Currently shooting in New York City the film stars Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones and Adam Scott. Jeanne McCarthy is casting the film.

Ned (Rudd) is an idealist. His three sisters (Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer) are ambitious. Ned crashes at each of their homes, in succession, and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives. In other words, he wreaks havoc.

Adding to this cast of characters, Dancy will portray Christian, a pretentious painter friend of Natalie’s (Deschanel) who tries to help Ned grow as a person by showing him another path; Hahn will play Janet, Ned’s (Rudd) ex-girlfriend who, out of spite, is keeping him from reuniting with his beloved dog Willie Nelson; Knight will portray Ilene, Ned’s overbearing and over-nurturing mother, who would be overjoyed if her son moved back home and; Montgomery will portray Arabella, a controversial British aristocrat that Miranda (Banks) is profiling for her magazine, a piece that could provide Miranda with the big break she has looking for.

“The response to Jesse’s vision for the film and the disastrously funny script by Evegenia and David has been amazing, and we could not be more thrilled with the amazing actors that will bring these characters to life,” said “Idiot” producer Peter Saraf.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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