Behind the Smile: According to Variety, Damon Wayans will make his feature directing bowbow this summer with Behind the Smile, a dark indie drama set in the world of standup comedy, based on his original screenplay.Marlon WayansMarlon Wayans will star as a young comic who leaves Cleveland for Hollywood to pursue his dream of stardom and becomes entangled in the city's seductive lifestyle. The production is fully financed by private equity.

James Belushi and Shakara Ledard (Prey For Rock & Roll) have supporting roles. The film is expected to feature a number of comedian cameos.

Slated for principal photography in July, the picture is produced by Annice Parker and Clark Peterson ("Monster"). Damon Wayans will exec produce.

Brian B.