LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Paul Dano, coming off his role as Daniel Day-Lewis’ adversary in “There Will Be Blood,” will star with Zooey Deschanel in “Gigantic,” an offbeat indie romantic comedy.
The story revolves around a mattress salesman and a young woman he meets at his store. Matt Aselton will make his feature directing debut, from a script he wrote with Adam Nagata. Production is tentatively set for early March in New York.
After “Gigantic,” Dano will segue to the indie feature “The Good Heart,” which reunites him with Brian Cox; the two starred in Michael Cuesta’s “L.I.E.” “Heart” revolves around an abrasive barman (Cox) and a young homeless man (Dano) who becomes his protege.
Dano caught the industry’s attention with playing a troubled brother in “Little Miss Sunshine.” In “Blood,” he played the characters of Paul and Eli Sunday. Deschanel will next be seen starring opposite Mark Wahlberg in M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Happening.”