Drew Barrymore will double up for her new rom-com, playing both a washed-up movie star as well as her longtime stand-in in the aptly titled “The Stand-In.”
Jamie Babbit (“But I’m a Cheerleader,” “Girls”) will direct the indie, which will be produced by Barrymore’s Flower Films and The Exchange.
BAFTA-winning writer Sam Bain (“Four Lions”) wrote the script which focuses on a down-on-her-luck star named Candy who’s busted for tax evasion and employs her unemployed and devoted stand-in, Paula, to perform community service in her place.
Before long, Paula begins to take over over Candy’s identity, career and boyfriend, finally kicking Candy out of her own house. Candy is forced to survive in the real world for the first time while Paula lives the celebrity life of her dreams.
Barrymore, Ember Truesdell, Chris Miller and Nancy Juvonen-Fallon will produce along with Tom McNulty for The Exchange. UTA and CAA are handling domestic sales.
“Jamie Babbit and Drew Barrymore are the perfect team for this irresistible comedy, we are confident that this project has global appeal and is one of the hottest titles at EFM, as there is a thirst for high quality romantic comedies like ‘The Stand-In,” The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea said in a statement.
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