Anna Kendrick & Sam Worthington Join Jennifer Aniston in Indie 'Cake'
After finding success in R-rated studio comedies like Horrible Bosses, Wanderlust and We're the Millers, it's time for Jennifer Aniston to head back into the indie world. The "Friends" star made waves with The Good Girl back in 2002, and now she's leading a new indie called Cake from director Daniel Barnz (Won't Back Down) with a script by Patrick Tobin that made the Black List last year. Now the cast has expanded with Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Chris Messina, Britt Robertson taking supporting roles along with husband and wife William H. Macy & Felicity Huffman. So what's the film about? Read on!
The Wrap says Aniston plays an acerbic woman named Claire who becomes fascinated by the suicide of Nina (Kendrick), a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina's husband (Worthington), Claire also grapples with her own very raw personal tragedy. If you're wondering how long Kendrick is in the film, having committed suicide, she appears as a ghost to Claire, so this sounds a little peculiar. Meanwhile, Messina plays her ex-husband and Huffman plays the facilitator of the support group.
This certainly sounds like a film we'd see on the festival circuit, but the peculiarity of the film doesn't grab my attention as much as it makes me raise an eyebrow. But with a quality cast like this, the script must be good. Though we're not necessarily excited about Sam Worthington bringing his mannequin acting skills to a project with this caliber of a cast, maybe he can finally show some decent acting chops. Interested?