Start of production begins this week on the comedy Kids in America, Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment announced today. The film, starring Topher Grace (In Good Company, upcoming Spider-Man 3) as recent college graduate Matt Franklin, follows Matt, his twin sister and his best friend during their misadventures at a raucous Labor Day party in 1988. Kids in America will be lensed in Phoenix, Arizona.
Co-starring in the film are Anna Faris (Scary Movie 4, Lost in Translation) as Matt’s sister, Wendy; Tony Award-winning actor Dan Fogler (School for Scoundrels, upcoming Balls of Fury) as his hapless best friend, Barry Nathan; and Australian actress Teresa Palmer (The Grudge 2, December Boys) as the girl of Matt’s dreams, Tori Frederking.
Co-writer Michael Dowse (It’s All Gone Pete Tong, Fubar) directs Kids in America from a screenplay by writing partners Jeff Filgo (“That ’70s Show,” “Happy Hour”) & Jackie Filgo (Peep Show, “Happy Hour”).
The behind-the-scenes team of Kids in America includes cinematographer Terry Stacey (Friends with Money, upcoming The Nanny Diaries), editor Lee Haxall (The Dukes of Hazzard, Meet the Fockers), production designer William Arnold (In Good Company, Shopgirl) and costume designer Carol Oditz (The Break-Up, Murder by Numbers).