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Bryan Cranston, Annette Bening to Star in Paramount+ Comedy ‘Jerry and Marge Go Large’

Streaming film is based on true story of a retired couple who exploited a weakness in the Massachusetts Lottery

Paramount+ announced Monday that Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening will star in “Jerry and Marge Go Large,” an original comedy film for the streaming service by Oscar and Emmy-winning director David Frankel.

Based on a true story, the film will see Cranston and Bening play Jerry and Marge Selbee, a retired couple living in Massachusetts who discover a mathematical loophole in the Massachusetts Lottery. By exploiting the system, the two win $27 million, using the money to revitalize their small Michigan town.

Brad Copeland will write the script from a Huffington Post article by Jason Fagone. Gil Netter will produce through Levantine Films with Amy Baer, who will produce through MRC Films’ new Landline Pictures label. Kevin Halloran is executive producer.

Frankel won an Emmy in 2004 for his directing work on the pilot episode of “Entourage” to go with his Oscar for the 1996 live action short film “Dear Diary.” His feature film credits include “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Marley & Me,” and “Hope Springs.”

Cranston, who won three consecutive Emmys for his lead performance in “Breaking Bad,” most recently appeared in the Showtime limited series “Your Honor.” Bening, a four-time Oscar nominee, recently appeared in the Marvel Studios film “Captain Marvel” and in the true-story political drama “The Report” in a Golden Globe-nominated turn as Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She is set to appear in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile” next year.

Bening is repped by CAA and Cranston is repped by UTA.