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Re-casting for romantic drama

19 July 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Us producer Bonnie Burgess and director/producer Frank Lotito are re-casting Australian romantic drama The Olive Sisters to appeal to a younger audience.

Leslie Mann and Anthony Lapaglia were originally slated to star in the project adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, alongside Jacki Weaver, Melissa George, Gia Carides and Josh Lucas.

Lotito, a Us-based Aussie who made his feature directing debut on the Us comedy Good Ol. Boy, came on board after Fred Schepisi opted to step down as the director; he is still involved as an executive producer.

Weaver is still attached and will be joined by Rachael Taylor, Megan Gale and Lotito. Other key roles still to be filled include the lead, Adrienne Bennett, a successful businesswoman whose life unravels when her business fails. She.s forced to move from her New York apartment to a small rural community in Australia, where she inherited a »

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Switch in director for romantic drama starring Leslie Mann

3 May 2015 4:17 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Us-based Australian director Frank Lotito will direct The Olive Sisters, a romantic drama adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, which will star Leslie Mann and Anthony Lapaglia. Lotito takes over from Fred Schepisi, who is still attached to the project as an executive producer. A former stand-up comic, Lotito made his feature directing debut on Good Ol. Boy, a Us comedy which will have its world premiere later this month at the Seattle International Film Festival. Based on a true story, set in 1979 and scripted by Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn and Gregory Scott Houghton,. Good Ol. Boy centres on a family from India that moves to the Us with hopes of living the American Dream.

While their 10-year-old son Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a .good old boy. propels him further away from his family.s ideals. The cast includes Jason Lee »

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