Sunday, May 19, 2024

Casting Exclusive: Rich Sommer (Mad Men), Fun Popster Jack Antonoff Added to Sally Field Film


Exclusive: “Mad Men” star Rich Sommer, who plays Harry with very thick muttonchop sideburns, has been added to the new Sally Field comedy, “Hello My Name is Doris.” Michael Showalter co-wrote the script and will direct. Also joining the film is Jack Antonoff, better known as one of third of the pop group Fun (“We Are Young”). Antonoff is also known as Lena Dunham’s boyfriend.

Two time Oscar winner Sally Field co-stars with Max Greenfield, the guy who plays Schmidt on “New Girl”, along with Beth Behrs. Sally is a 60ish single woman who takes a self-help class. The result is that she dates a younger guy who turns her onto the hipster scene. I don’t know how that sounds, but everyone involved is pretty talented so we’ll hope for the best.

Showalter takes a big step here. He comes from the comedy troupe The State, has done a lot of acting and writing, but this is his first directing job.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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