David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga and More Herded Up for 'Goats'

January 10, 2011
Source: Variety

Farmiga / Duchovny

Though they've worked together before on the romance Return to Me, Variety reports David Duchovny and Minnie Driver are set to reunite for the indie comedy Goats, an adaptation of Mark Jude Poirier's novel of the same name. Joining them will be Vera Farmiga, Keri Russell and Will Arnett in the story of a teen (Graham Phillips) who transfers to the East Coast prep school where his father made his mark as a student. Duchovny plays the makeshift father figure known as Goat Man who's life isn't anything to swoon over, while Farmiga will play the teen's mother. Meanwhile Arnett will play the mother's boyfriend and Driver her best friend.

Ty Burrell was already cast as the teen's father and Russell will be playing his new wife. If you're unfamiliar with the book, here's the official synopsis:

The protagonist of this meandering but ingratiating rites-of-passage tale is Ellis Whitman, an articulate, hyperintelligent 14-year-old with a marked affinity for recreational drug use. Raised in Tucson, Ariz., by his flighty, fad-crazed mother, Wendy, and her perennially high "domestic help," a laid-back marijuana enthusiast called Goat Man, Ellis faces the first major challenge of his heretofore pampered life when he's sent off to Gates, an exclusive Pennsylvania boarding school. Since Ellis has spent most of his youthful existence toking up and spacing out with Goat Man (who functions as something of a surrogate father and ganja-addled guru for him), life at a rigid, elitist East Coast prep school like Gates initially leads to some culture shock. Fortunately, Ellis is nothing if not adaptable, and he takes to his new environment, befriending his doltish roommate Barney; developing a crush on Minnie, a pretty dining-hall server; and excelling in practically every class that he attends.

Sounds like a promising little comedy with a variety of talent involved. This is another film we'll probably see showing up on the festival circuit later this year or maybe even at Sundance next January. Christopher Neil will be making his feature directorial debut working from a script written by the book's author. The Kids Are All Right producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg is behind the project so if this comedy can garner the same attention and praise as that film, then it has a happy road ahead. Interested?

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  • I'm Barney
    haha this is awesome this is the first that i have read of goats on firstshowing and i just want to say i'm the one who is playing barney ellis's roommate. the story is really great and i've read the latest edition of the script and i think it will do really well.
    • Jon A.
      Please do well. Support your newbie director!
  • Anonymous
    this does sound like it could be good.........i like the cast too.
  • rtm
    Well I love the first Driver/Duchovny's collaboration so naturally I'm curious about this one. Having Vera here doesn't hurt either.




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