Elijah Wood to Headline The Late Bloomer

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Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings, “Wilfred”) is set to play the lead role in the new comedy feature film The Late Bloomer from Dignity Film Finance.

Jesse Israel of Ineffable Pictures and Heidi Jo Markel of Eclectic Pictures will produce with DFF President Maggie Monteith executive producing and financing the film.

Directed by Randall Einhorn (“Wilfred,” “The Office”), The Late Bloomer is based on the 2001 acclaimed memoir “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body” by Ken Baker, adapted for the screen by Joe Nussbaum and Paul Kaplan & Mark Torgove.

The Late Bloomer is the amazing true story of a man who found out at close to age 30 that he hadn’t yet totally undergone puberty but when the medical condition preventing it was removed, in several short, overwhelming weeks did so.

“The combination of Einhorn and Wood is exceptional, as we’ve seen with the success of ‘Wilfred’,” said Monteith. “I know that they will honor Baker’s true story in a very entertaining way.”

Wood will next be seen in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opposite Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett. He’ll also star in Maniac, a remake of the 1980 serial-killer classic to be released by IFC Midnight in early 2013. He is the lead voice on Disney XD’s animated series “TRON: Uprising” and can currently be seen on Season two of FX’s “Wilfred.” He is currently filming the psychological thriller Grand Piano opposite John Cusack.

“‘The Late Bloomer’ is the type of wonderful heartfelt comedy that I like to engage in. Puberty can be difficult at best and has the potential to be extremely comedic in normal circumstances,” said Einhorn. “This true story is anything but a normal circumstance. That truth is a new twist on something we all know well and Elijah is just perfect to play the lead role. It is clear to me that Dignity gets my vision for ‘The Late Bloomer’ and I am delighted to be working with Maggie and her team.”

The Late Bloomer is expected to go into production in January 2013 with Brent Emery also producing and Raphael Kryszek executive producing.

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