The Killing's Liam James Joins Steve Carell In The Way, Way Back

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-05-17 04:03:29discussion comments
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Since AMC began broadcasting The Killing last year, the show's big breakout star has been Joel Kinnaman. While the Swedish actor earned much acclaim for his work in films like Snabba Cash, he successfully used his notoriety to land the coveted title role in Josť Padilha's RoboCop remake. But he's not the only one who is using The Killing to launch a film career, as now one of his co-stars has landed the lead role in what sounds like a great upcoming comedy.

Liam James, who plays Mireille Enos' son Jack on the television series, has signed on to head The Way, Way Back, the directorial debut of Oscar-winners Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. The script, which was featured on the 2011 Black List (the list of the year's most popular unproduced screenplays in Hollywood), is a coming of age tale about a kid (James) who must deal with his unattentive mother and cheating stepfather during summer vacation while working at a waterpark. Back in April it was reported that Toni Collette will be playing the mother character in the movie while Steve Carell will play the stepdad (the two previously worked together in Little Miss Sunshine). While James doesn't have a great deal of film experience - he has spent most of his young career on the small screen - he did have roles in movies like 2012, AVP: Requiem, and Fred Claus. Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney and Annasophia Robb are all part of the cast as well.

According to Variety, which broke the casting news, the project is gearing up to start production this summer in Massachusetts.
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