Three More Join Rom-Com Giant Mechanical Man

By Katey Rich 2010-12-07 08:34:52discussion comments
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When first reporting the existence of the forthcoming romantic comedy Giant Mechanical Man, Mack claimed that the news was everything you could possibly hope to know about the project, given that we already knew the director (Lee Kirk), the stars (Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, Topher Grace, Malin Akerman), and the concept (a zookeeper is stuck in a romantic triangle between a street performer and a motivational speaker). That was pretty much all there was to talk about, right?

Wrong! There's always room for more side characters, of course, and THR reports that Lucy Punch, Bob Odenkirk and Rich Sommer have all signed on for small roles in the film. They're not explaining any of the roles but Punch's, who will play Messina's character's girlfriend, but with Odenkirk recognizable from a current stint on Breaking Bad and Sommer still a regular on Mad Men as Harry Crane, you'll immediately recognize both of them when they pop up on the screen.

As for Punch, she's the least well-known of the three newcomers, even after roles in two high-profile films this summer, the comedy Dinner for Schmucks and Woody Allen's You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. Both films underperformed, though, which helps explain why her name still isn't quite out there. Who knows, Giant Mechanical Man may turn out to be the big break; the project is already shooting in Detroit, so will likely show up at some point in the next year.
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