Ice Princess: According to Variety, Joan Cusack has joined the cast of Ice Princess for Walt Disney Pictures.

The film stars Michelle Trachtenberg in a tale about a young girl who realizes her dream of becoming a champion figure skater.

Cusack, who can be seen this month in Kate Hudson starrer Raising Helen, will play Trachtenberg's mother. Additionally, young thesp Hayden Panettiere, also of Raising Helen, has nabbed a role in "Ice."

Tim Fywell, who helmed Brit period drama I Capture the Castle is at the helm of the film, which begins lensing today in Toronto.