Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer and Rashida Jones will star opposite Paul Rudd in My Idiot Brother. Jesse Peretz is directing the comedy, produced by Anthony Bregman’s Likely Story and Big Beach’s Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub.
In the film, Ned (Rudd) is an idealist. His three sisters (Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer) are ambitious. His mother is overbearing. Ned crashes at each of their homes, in succession, and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives. In other words, he wreaks havoc.
Banks is a career-driven single about to get her big break in journalism after spending years writing about accessories at a fashion magazine; Deschanel is a bisexual whose flakiness and lies are getting in the way of moving forward with her caring, responsible girlfriend (Jones); and Mortimer plays a Park Slope mom too worried about having the perfect life and children to notice that her marriage is falling apart.
Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall wrote the script for the film, scheduled to start shooting next month in New York.