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The island of Manhattan is 260 blocks long and Adam Brody, Wyatt Cenac, Josh Lawson, Danny Jacobs and Lauren Miller have all teamed up to cross it. It has been reported that all of those actors have signed on to play parts in Growing Up (and Other Lies), a new indie ensemble comedy.
Written and directed by Jacobs and Darren Grodsky, the film is about a 30 year old guy who makes the decision to leave New York City and move back home to the Midwest where he will take over the family business.. Before he does so, however, he has to live up to a promise he made to his three best friends: they must walk the entire length of Manhattan in one day. Variety posted the casting news, but outside of Lawson, who will be playing the lead, no character details are given for the other actors. Grodsky and Jacobs last wrote and directed the dramedy Humboldt County, in which a med student finds himself caught up in the counterculture of pot farmers.
It’s interesting to note that there was a report about this project back in May that had Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam in the lead role, but I suppose the production has changed in the last few months. Amber Tamblyn is still attached to play the lead’s ex-girlfriend, who spell trouble for the lengthy mission.
Growing Up (And Other Lies) has already begun shooting in New York and is being produced by Nicole Lederman, Katie Mustard and Jason Weiss.