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Producers continue to cherrypick Argo talents from Ben Affleck’s latest Oscar-nominated accomplishment. And while high-profile names like John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston will land jobs no matter what, scouts who see actors like Kerry Bishe in Argo realize, “Hey, she might be perfect for a role that we have, as well.”

Bishe has been tapped to join screen icons Jerry Lewis and Peter Bogdanovich in the independent drama Max Rose, according to Variety. We had reported on her possible involvement in an earlier story on Lewis’ planned casting in the comeback vehicle. But the trade now confirms Bishe’s casting, and notes that she will play the granddaughter of Lewis’ character, an 82-year-old pianist who discovers an artifact which suggests that his long-dead wife might actually have been unfaithful to him at some point during their marriage. The revelation sends Lewis’ character on an emotional journey that likely will put him in touch with other members of the cast.

Max Rose currently is filming. Daniel Noah serves as the indie drama’s writer-director, after helming the 2001 horror Twelve with Lauren Fox and Daniel Vespa. His Rose cast, in addition to the aforementioned talents, includes Illeana Douglas, Rance Howard, Claire Bloom, Lee Weaver and Kevin Pollack (though his name is a rumor at this point). I think a large portion of the Max Rose audience will tune in to see what kind of acting chops Lewis has left in the tank. Primarily a gifted physical comedian, Lewis will have to fall back on some other acting tricks to carry Max Rose. We’ll see if Noah can prep this intriguing indie in time for a late 2013 theatrical run.
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