It's always a little silly when well-known actors pick roles that contrast sharply with their real-life personas-- think longstanding liberal Alan Alda playing a Republican Senator on The West Wing-- but, let's be honest, it's pretty fun too. This time it's Ted Danson getting in on the game; the staunch environmentalist has signed on to play a ruthless oilman in Everybody Loves Whales, a dramedy based on the true story of three gray whales trapped under Arctic ice near Alaska in 1988.

THR reports that Vinessa Shaw has also signed on, playing a White House staffer who's on the side of the whales. Director Ken Kwapis has assembled a pretty impressive team for the film, staring with Drew Barrymore as a Greenpeace volunteer and John Krasinski as a reporter based in the Alaskan town-- if you're not seeing a romance popping up between these two, I'm not sure what to tell you. Kristen Bell is also on board to play a ruthless LA reporter who shows up to report on the situation, and Tim Blake Nelson will play a wildlife expert. Filming is happening this fall, somehow working around Krasinski's schedule on The Office.

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