Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Tea Leoni, Alan Alda and Gabourey Sidibe star in Brett Ratner’s Universal caper
Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick and Judd Hirsch have joined the cast of Universal's "Tower Heist," the studio has confirmed to TheWrap.
Ben Stiller stars in the comedic caper as an overworked building manager who leads some low-level employees at a luxury Manhattan high-rise on a mission to even the score with a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street crook (Alan Alda) who looted their pensions and is now living under house arrest in a lavish penthouse apartment.
Eddie Murphy, Tea Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Peña and Nina Arianda co-star in the Brett Ratner movie, which Jeff Nathanson ("Catch Me If You Can") is currently rewriting from the latest draft of Ted Griffin's screenplay.
Affleck will play a conflicted friend and employee of Stiller's who wants to turn him in along with the rest of his co-conspirators.
Broderick will play a Wall St. type who had his finances cleaned out like the rest of the building staff and is recruited to join Stiller's gang.
The duo previously worked together on 1996's "The Cable Guy," which Stiller directed and played a small role in.
Broderick's lovable mug has been absent from the big screen for several years, as he's been busy starring in smaller indie films such as "Diminished Capacity," "Finding Amanda" and "Wonderful World." Lately, his highest-profile roles have found him voicing characters in animated movies such as "Bee Movie" and "The Tale of Despereaux," and his last studio comedy was 2006's abysmal Christmas movie "Deck the Halls." Broderick next stars in Kenneth Lonergan's long-delayed drama "Margaret."
Affleck recently starred in Michael Winterbottom's "The Killer Inside Me" and directed "I'm Still Here," the faux-documentary about Joaquin Phoenix. Interestingly enough, Stiller lampooned Phoenix onstage at the Academy Awards in 2009. Affleck remains attached to star in Fox Searchlight's romantic comedy "The F Word."
Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer will produce "Tower Heist," while Murphy will exec produce with Imagine's Karen Kehela Sherwood and Kim Roth.
Broderick is represented by CAA, while Affleck is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Hirsch is represented by Joan Sittenfield Management.
The "Tower Heist" casting news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
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