Sean Astin and Cheri Oteri to Star in And They’re Off…


Sean Astin (“The Lord of the Rings”) and Cheri Oteri (“Saturday Night Live”) will star in the independent comedy And They’re Of…. The world of thoroughbred horse racing provides the backdrop for this hilarious story of a failed horse trainer (Astin) desperately trying to get back into the winner’s circle. The film is scheduled to begin production this month.

Astin stars with an ensemble cast including Oteri, Martin Mull, Mark Moses, Gigi Rice, Lil’JJ, Peter Jacobson, Mo Collins, Alex Rocco, Luis Chaviz and Kevin Nealon.

Trainers Bob Baffert and Doug O’Neill will play themselves in the pic. Baffert has won the Kentucky Derby three times and was recently inducted into Thoroughbred Racing’s Hall of Fame in Saratoga. O’Neill trained the legendary “Lava Man” and has three Breeder’s Cup victories in the last five years.

The film is directed by Rob Schiller (“King of Queens,” “Two and a Half Men”) from a script by Alan Grossbard. The film is being produced by Grossbard, Pamela Fryman and Howard Bolter.