The production of the independent “Cha Cha Real Smooth” kicked began Thursday in Pittsburgh with the addition of seven stars to the supporting ensemble.
Cooper Raiff’s film project has added the likes of Leslie Mann, Brad Garrett, Ral Castillo, Odeya Rush, Vanessa Burghardt, Evan Assante, and Colton Osorio to its cast.
While learning the ins and outs of his bar mitzvah hype-man job, a directionless college graduate falls in love with a young mother and her adolescent daughter. Picturestart, Endeavor Content, and Johnson and Ro Donnelly’s TeaTime Pictures are all involved in production. Picturestart and Endeavor Content have provided the funding, with Endeavor Content also serving as the film’s global distributor in partnership with ICM Partners.
Raiff’s feature directorial debut, “Shithouse,” took up the Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.
With our friends and collaborators at TeaTime and Endeavor Content, we’re excited to begin production on Cooper Raiff’s beautiful, sad, heart-pumping picture. “Cha Cha Real Smooth” is on its way to becoming a beloved film of many people, according to director Paul Feig.
For years, Mann has been a regular in the feature comedy genre, appearing in films such as Big Daddy, Knocked Up, This Is 40, and The Other Woman. CAA is her management company. With famous roles in “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Gloria Bell” and “Finding Dory,” Garrett is no stranger to the big screen. UTA, Management 360, and Gendler & Kelly all represent him.
Castillo rose to fame on HBO’s “Looking” before starring in the critically praised independent film “We the Animals.” He just featured in Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead,” and he’s represented by CAA, JWS Entertainment, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher, among others.
Her most well-known performance is that of Lady Bird in Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” but she’s also been in “Dumplin” on Netflix and in “Goosebumps” on Sony Pictures. CAA, MGMT Entertainment, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher are all tasked with her representation.
KMR & Associates represents Burghardt, while The Osbrink Agency, Take 3 Talent Agency, and Protégé Entertainment represent Assante. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “New Amsterdam” are a couple of Osorio’s previous credits. Zuri Agency, Andrew Wilson Agency, and Artistic Endeavors all represent him.
Teatime is represented by WME, as well as Ziffren Brittenham’s P.J. Shapiro and Logan Clare. WME and Untitled Entertainment represent Johnson. WME is the agency that represents Picturestart.