21 Jump Street's Brie Larson Heads To High School Again For The Spectacular Now

By Sean O'Connell 2012-06-21 08:20:43discussion comments
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James Ponsoldtís The Spectacular Now is one of those projects weíre all of a sudden hearing a lot about. Earlier, we reported that Project X and Footloose standout Miles Teller had been cast alongside Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) in the adaptation of Tim Tharpís novel. Now another actress coming off a high-profile feature is tossing her name into the ring.

21 Jump Street co-star Brie Larson has joined Ponsoldtís cast, according to Deadline. Larson will play Cassidy, described as one of the leads in the film. Iím not as familiar with Tharpís novel, though from what I know, Tellerís character is supposed to be a popular high school kid who decides that heís going to date a social outcast as part of an experiment. I assumed Woodley would be that girl (you know, made to look ugly like they used to do in those Freddie Prinze Jr. comedies). Maybe it will be Larson, instead?

Either way, Ponsoldt is making excellent casting choices when putting this Spectacular ensemble together. Teller was outstanding in Nicole Kidmanís heartwrenching vehicle Rabbit Hole, and Woodley flirted with an Oscar nomination for her character work in Alexander Payneís drama. Larson held her own alongside some very funny actors in Jump Street, so Spectacular could go for humor and heart with this cast in place and likely hit itís targets. From what weíre hearing, Ponsoldt plans to begin filming this summer in Georgia, so look for more Spectacular casting news to float across the wire in the coming weeks.
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