Octavia Spencer Joins Jim Parsons, Claire Danes in 'A Kid like Jake'

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Octavia Spencer Joins Jim Parsons, Claire Danes in 'A Kid like Jake'


Wyche, Elbert, Screen International


Octavia Spencer will join Jim Parsons and Claire Danes in the drama A Kid Like Jake from That's Wonderful Productions.

Bankside Films will commence international sales in Cannes on the film that will shoot this summer in New York, while CAA is handling North American sales.

Based on his Lincoln Center Play, A Kid Like Jake was adapted for film by Daniel Pearle and will be directed by Silas Howard.

On the eve of the admissions cycle for New York City kindergartens, Alex and Greg Wheeler have high hopes for their son Jake, a bright and precocious four-year-old who happens to prefer Cinderella to GI Joe.

Aware they can't afford private school tuition, Judy, the director of Jake's preschool, encourages them to accentuate Jake's 'gender variant' expression to help him stand out and try to get a scholarship.

As Alex and Greg navigate their roles as parents, a riftgrows between them, one that forces them to confront their own concerns about what's best for Jake, and each other.

Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd, and Michaela Watkins are in negotiations to join the family drama.

Parsons, Todd Spiewak and Eric Norsoph will produce for That's Wonderful Productions, alongside Paul Bernon for Burn Later, and Rachel Song for XS Media.

Meanwhile, Sam Slater, David Bernon and Jackie Bernon will serve as executive producers for Burn Later alongside Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman for Double Nickel Entertainment, Hilary Davis, Stephen Kelliher and Patrick Howson for Bankside Films, and Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films. …

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