Four accept Bitterman's "Job" offer

Tue May 6, 2008 1:11am EDT
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By Gregg Goldstein

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Ron Perlman ("Hellboy"), Taryn Manning ("Hustle & Flow"), Joe Pantoliano ("The Sopranos") and Patrick Flueger (USA's series "The 4400") will star in the darkly comic drama "The Job."

Shem Bitterman is adapting his 1998 play about a hapless man, Bubba (Flueger), who's desperate to find a job and marry the woman he loves (Manning). A drifter (Perlman) hooks him up with a slick employment agent (Pantoliano), but after agreeing to the job, Bubba quickly finds that he's in way over his head.

Bitterman's play won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for best new play before transferring to an off-Broadway run. He co-wrote the upcoming action-comedy feature "Play Dead," starring Chris Klein and Fred Durst.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Actress Taryn Manning poses at the Rolling Stone Magazine's Hot party in Hollywood, California October 4, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>