Brittany House Pictures announced today that principal photography has commenced on family comedy “Good Ol’ Boy” starring actor Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl”) in Hudson Valley, New York. Lee will play alongside Roni Akurati (“Prodigy Bully”), who was recently cast to play the title role after an international search. Lee and Akurati join an all-star cast that includes Aidan Quinn (“Elementary”), Hilarie Burton (“One Tree Hill”), Brighton Sharbino (“The Walking Dead”), Poorna Jagannathan (“Delhi Belly”), and Anjul Nigam (“Bad Words”), who also co-wrote and produces the film under the Brittany House Pictures banner.
“Good Ol’ Boy”, which matches the spirit of “The Way, Way Back,” is a coming-of-age story that centers on Smith (Akurati), a 10-year-old boy from India who moves with his family to small town America in 1979. As the boy straddles his traditional Indian values at home with those of his new life in the U.S., he falls head-over-heals in love with Amy (Sharbino), the girl-next-door, and finds in her father Butch (Lee) the cowboy he hopes to become. But Smith’s father Bhaaskar (Nigam), fearing his son is losing any hope of remaining a respectable Indian boy, banishes him back to India. Nineteen years later Smith returns to the heartland to find his long lost beloved Amy again.
Nigam co-wrote the film with director Paul Quinn (“This Is My Father”) and Gregory Scott Houghton. Frank Lotito (“The Lookalike”) produces and co-directs for his Emedia Films. Steve Straka also produces and Winson Ho serves as executive producer.
Lee is repped by CAA and manager Gay Ribisi; Akurati is with Paradigm and manager Tina Treadwell; Sharbino is repped by The Osbrink Agency and ROAR; Burton is with agent APA and manager Meg Mortimer of Authentic Talent; and Nigam is represented by The House of Representatives and manager Lisa DiSante Frank.