The upcoming comedy-drama "Breaking News in Yuba County" has no lack of starpower.
Many of the film's stars have been revealed, and among them are Allison Janney, Regina Hall, Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, and Samira Wiley, Deadline reports. They've boarded the project from "The Help" director Tate Taylor, and still more big names are likely to join. Wanda Sykes, Juliette Lewis, Keong Sim, Bridget Everett, and Jimmi Simpson are all reportedly in advanced talks.
Taylor is directing from a script by Amanda Idoko. The story centers on a pencil pusher played by Janney who catches her cheating husband in the act. When the shock of it causes him to go into cardiac arrest and die, she hides the body. Having a "missing" husband apparently has its perks at first, but she finds it increasingly difficult to keep up the lie as her news anchor half-sister (Kunis) and a local detective (Hall) try to find the truth.
Janney won an Academy Award for her role "I, Tonya" and recently starred in "Troop Zero," and Hall's recent films include "Little," "The Hate U Give," and "Support the Girls." Kunis comes off of "The Spy Who Dumped Me," while Awkwafina recently starred in "Crazy Rich Asians." Meanwhile, Wiley is an Emmy winner for her role in Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale."
"Breaking News in Yuba County" is slated to start shooting in Mississippi in June. AGC Studios is fully financing the film and will handle overseas sales. Producers include Wyolah Films, Nine Stories, John Norris, and The Black List.