Jon Cryer and James Spader are returning to the big-screen, signing up to star in Robert Rodriguez's Shorts, a family adventure movie that also stars William H. Macy and Leslie Mann.
The Hollywood Reporter says Rodriguez, who also wrote the screenplay, is producing the film with Elizabeth Avellan under their Troublemaker Studios banner. Robert Rodriguez is serving as his own director of photography, editor and visual effects supervisor.
Also among the cast is Jimmy Bennett (Star Trek), Kat Dennings (The 40 Year Old Virgin),Trevor Gagnon (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Leo Howard (G.I. Joe), Devon Gearhart ("Changeling"), Rebel Rodriguez (Planet Terror), and Jake Short and Jolie Vanier.
Shorts is set in fictional Black Falls, a suburb where everyone works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated whose communication gadget is sweeping the country. A young boy (Bennett) discovers a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it, which first causes havoc amongst the kid population before turning up several notches when adults get their hands on it.
Cryer and Mann play the boy's parents while Dennings is the boy's older sister. Spader is Mr. Black while Macy is the father of a germophobic genius.