Academy Award Nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained), Academy Award Nominee Joan Cusack (Working Girl, The End of the Tour) and Golden Globe Nominee and two-time Emmy Award Winner Bradley Whitford (Other People, "Transparent") have joined Academy Award Winner Brie Larson in her directorial debut, Unicorn Store.
Hercules Film Fund is fully financing with Rhea Films producing. Larson, Lynette Howell Taylor, Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas and The District's David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer, who developed the script, are producing. Jean-Luc De Fanti, Anne Woodward and writer Samantha McIntyre are executive producing.
Based on an original screenplay by McIntyre, Unicorn Store centers on a woman who moves back in with her parents. She receives an invitation to a store that will test her ideas of what it really means to grow up. The comedy just began principal photography in Los Angeles.
Jackson and Larson recently worked together on Kong: Skull Island, which Warner Bros. will release on March 10th. Jackson just wrapped The Hitman's Bodyguard for Lionsgate and can currently be seen in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children for 20th Century Fox.
Cusack starred in Showtime's "Shameless" alongside Emmy Rossum, and will next be seen in Netflix's upcoming series "A Series of Unfortunate Events" with Neil Patrick Harris. Whitford most recently starred alongside Bryan Cranston in HBO's All The Way and will next appear in Megan Leavey with Kate Mara and Tom Felton, and in Get Out for Universal with director Jordan Peele out in February.
Larson is represented by WME and Authentic Talent and Literary Management. Jackson is represented by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content, Cusack by WME, and Whitford by ICM Partners and Greenlight Management. WME is representing the domestic rights to the film. Greek entrepreneur Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis set up the Hercules Film Fund to bring European investors to Hollywood to finance wide release films. The production arm, Rhea Films, was formed by Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti. Credits include: Good Time starring Robert Pattinson, which A24 just acquired; Tom Cruise's American Made, directed by Doug Liman which Universal Pictures is distributing; and Tau starring Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein.