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Steve Carell and Toni Collette Reunite for 'The Way, Way Back' Indie

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April 18, 2012
Source: Variety

Toni Collette and Steve Carell

Fans of "Community" have long been familiar with the work of Jim Rash, who plays Dean Pelton on NBC's Thursday night comedy. Those who don't watch "Community" (shame!) became familiar with him when he and co-writer Nat Faxon won an Oscar this year for writing Alexander Payne's The Descendants, and Rash inadvertently created an internet meme by making fun of Angelina Jolie's ridiculous leg pose during his acceptance speech. Now, Variety reports Rash and Faxon will make their directorial debut on a film called The Way, Way Back, and Steve Carell and Toni Collette have joined the cast of the indie. Read on!

Carell and Collette, who co-starred together in Little Miss Sunshine, join a cast of Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, and Annasophia Robb in a story about a young boy who finds himself as he deals with his inattentive mother and cheating stepfather during a summer vacation. Collette will play the mother and Carell, playing a bit against type, will be the drug-using stepdad. I'm glad to see him doing something a little unusual, and with this and Foxcatcher, it seems that Carell is starting to stretch his acting muscles, or at least his more dramatic side, a little bit.

Rash and Faxon also wrote the script, which appeared on the 2010 Black List of best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. We already know they're award-caliber writers, but I'm interested to see if those talents translate into effective directing. It's always fascinating (to me, anyway) to watch actors and writers tackle a directorial debut and try to pick out influences of who they've worked with and what they've learned along the way. I wish these guys the best of luck, and The Way, Way Back, with its similarities to Richard Ayoade's Submarine, sounds like a great start for them. Interested?

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