EXCLUSIVE:Wayne Knight (jurassic park) and Nicole Maines (super girl) have signed on for roles in the 20th Century Studios film Darby Harper wants you to know for Hulu, which is currently in production in South Africa.
They are set to star alongside previously announced cast including Riele Downs, Auli’i’ Cravalho, Asher Angel, Chosen Jacobs, Derek Luke, Genneya Walton and Tony Danza.
Director Silas Howard’s film follows Darby Harper (Downs), who, after suffering a near-death experience as a child, is granted the ability to see ghosts. To combat the existential boredom of high school, she runs a side business advising local spirits in her spare time. When an unexpected event occurs between Darby and Capri, the most popular girl at his high school, Darby reluctantly agrees to help her and in the process learns to fit in with the living world again.
Knight will play Mel, a merry dead man who plays poker in the stands and whose ultimate goal is to break through the pearly white gates. Details regarding the character played by Maines were not disclosed. Wenonah Wilms and Becca Greene wrote the screenplay. Adam Saunders, Eddie Rubin and Mac Hendrickson are producing for Footprint Features, while Sarah Shepard is overseeing the project for 20th Century Studios.
Knight recently appeared alongside Luke Wilson in the football drama 12 mighty orphansalongside Chevy Chase and Paul Hogan in comedy The Most Excellent Mr. Dundee. The actor has also acted in films such as dirty dance, Born July 4, jfk, Primary instinct, jurassic park, die for, space jam, Hercules, Tarzan, toy story 2, kung fu panda, Hello, Caesar! and Blind spot. His TV credits include Seinfeld, 3rd Rock of the Sun, Hot in Cleveland and Torchwood.
Maines is an actress and LGBTQ+ rights activist who became television’s first transgender superhero with her role as Nia Nal (aka Dreamer) on The CW’s DC Comics series super girl. She also starred in the 2019 film Bit, about a transgender vampire moving to Los Angeles, and who rose to fame in 2014 when she fought and won the Supreme Court case, Doe v. illicit. Maines’ life story was told in the New York Times bestselling biography Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt.
Knight is replaced by Buchwald and LINK Entertainment; Maines by Defining Artists Agency.