21 September 2011 11:15 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Variety tells us that The Thing‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul will lead Smashed, a drama set to be directed by James Ponsoldt. Written by him and Susan Burke, the story follows the two as a husband and wife “whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol.” When Winstead‘s character takes it upon herself to quit drinking, things are “put to the test” for the duo. There’s said to be a similarity with Days of Wine and Roses, which was most notably told in 1962 by director Blake Edwards and screenwriter Jp Edwards, the latter of whom wrote the original story.

Also appearing are Nick Offerman and The Help actress Octavia Spencer; he has the part of “an assistant principal at the elementary school where the protag teaches,” while she’ll play “Winstead’s close friend and AA sponsor.” The independent production »

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