Clark Gregg to Write & Direct 'Trust Me' with Sam Rockwell and More
by Ethan Anderton
October 3, 2012
Now that his fate is seemingly sealed in The Avengers (or maybe it isn't?), Clark Gregg is looking to step behind the camera again after considerable time in front of it as Agent Coulson in the Marvel universe. Gregg made his directing debut with Choke, the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel of the same name, and now he's reuniting with star Sam Rockwell for his next directing gig. A press release has announced that Gregg will write and direct Trust Me, "a dark comedy about the sordid world of child stars and the obsession with stardom." Rockwell isn't the only quality talent stepping in front of the camera for the film.
Amanda Peet (Saving Silverman), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), William H. Macy ("Shameless"), Allison Janney (Juno), Molly Shannon ("Saturday Night Live"), Paul Sparks ("Boardwalk Empire") and Niecy Nash ("Reno 911") will also star in the film. The story follows a loser agent for young actors and a washed-up child star himself who stumbles upon a brilliant 13-year-old prodigy (newcomer Saxon Sharbino) and then tries to close the mega-deal that will make her a star while managing her drunk volatile father, the poaching attempts of a more successful nemesis and a growing awareness that his innocent young starlet may not be at all what she seems.
Sounds like a relatively interesting and original drama. Child stars haven't been tackled much on the big screen. Little Man Tate comes to mind, but that wasn't really about fame. William H. Macy played a variation on the character from the Jodie Foster directed film as a grown up child whiz kid in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia, so this should be somewhat familiar territory. Stay tuned for more.