Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates headline the film about a boys choir.
Debra Winger, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas and Kevin McHale have joined the cast of the feature film Boychoir, director Francois Girard’s feature about a troubled 12-year-old boy who enters an East Coast school built around a boys’ choir.
Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates headline the film, written by Ben Ripley. The project will introduce newcomer Garrett Wareing and also feature Joe West and River Alexander.
Set in a school fashioned after the American Boychoir School in Princeton, N.Y., the film revolves about a young man, played by Wareing, who joins a boys choir, overseen by Hoffman, who plays the choir master. Bates will appear as the school’s headmistress. Winger plays the boy’s Odessa, Texas school principal. Izzard, stepping in for Alfred Molina who had to withdraw because of a scheduling conflict, will play Drake, the choir master’s right-hand at the school. Lucas will play the boy’s estranged father. McHale portrays a young music teacher who champions the boy. And West and Alexander will play other boys in the chorus.
Boychoir began principal photography Feb. 24 in Connecticut and will film in Stamford, Fairfield and New Haven as well as New York.
Embankment Films is representing international sales and has already pre-sold over 30 territories including the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Japan, Australia and all Latin America.
The film is being financed and produced by Informant Media. Producers are Informant Media’s Judy Cairo, Carol Baum and Jane Goldenring. Executive producers are Informant Media’s Michael A. Simpson and Eric Brenner, and Ripley. John Papsidera of Automatic Sweat is the film’s casting director and co-producer.
Winger is represented by Framework Entertainment. Izzard is represented by APA and Conway Van Gelder Grant. Lucas is repped by WME and Principato-Young Entertainment. McHale is represented by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and manager M/C Talent Management. Wareing is represented by 23 Management Group and Osbrink Talent Agency. West is represented by Innovative Artists and The Coronel Group. Alexander is represented by Principato-Young and Coast to Coast.