BERLIN - Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass and Ben Kingsley have joined the cast of Convention, a science-themed comedy from commercials director Justin Reardon.
Duplass, last seen in Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty, stars as Paul, a mild-mannered inventor who, together with his feisty sister Abby (Aniston) sets out to change the world of box storage with a new, five-sided box.
Kingsley will play Bobby Schroedinger, a maniacal box magnate determined to foil their plans.
Christopher Painter (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) penned the script to Convention, which Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan of Schiff Productions will produce. Reardon, who attracted attention with his commercials for Budweiser, just wrapped production on his first feature, the comedy A Many Splintered Thing, which stars Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan.
“Convention is a wildly original and funny screenplay,” said Schiff. “Justin Reardon's approach to the material is bold, inventive and bursting with imagination. We could not be more thrilled to have such a gifted group of actors on board to bring this film to life.”
K5 International will handle international sales on the project and will be shilling Convention to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. CAA and ICM Partners co-represent the film for North America.
The sales deal was negotiated by K5's Daniel Baur and Lawrence Kopeikin, Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan of Paul Schiff Productions.
Aniston is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Duplass by ICM Partners and Kingsley by CAA/Independent Talent Group. Reardon is repped by Verve and the Arlook Group, Painter by Kaplan/Perrone.
Also on K5's Berlin slate this year is the animated feature The Shadow King from writer/director Henry Selick and Bille August's Night Train to Lisbon, which will have its world premiere in an out of competition screening at the Berlin Film Festival next week.