According to Variety, director Gus Van Sant has found the cast for his upcoming adaptation of the Blake Nelson novel Paranoid Park. As reported by Cinematical's own Scott Weinberg a little while ago, Van Sant was looking for a cast of newcomers, and based on the fact that star Gabe Nevins doesn't even have an entry yet over at the IMDB, I'd say he's at least partially succeeded. Presumably Nevins's casting is the result of the open casting call for teens with mad skills on the skateboard that Van Sant was holding back in July. Also starring are Jake Miller, Lauren McKinney and Daniel Lui. Joining the cast of unknowns is Taylor Momsen, who, having starredin How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the upcoming Underdog, seems to have an affinity for working with cartoon characters. Nelson's novel tells the tale of a skateboarding teen who accidentally kills a transit cop, and the teen's life quickly spins out of control.

While Van Sant is best known by most for directing films like Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester, I tend to remember him best for a quite funny cameo in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; during the shooting of the movie within the movie, Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season, Van Sant is far too busy counting his huge piles of cash to be bothered to call "action." Paranoid Park is Van Sant's first feature since Last Days.
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