Rosemarie DeWitt, Luke Kirby and Judith Light cast in “Out Of My Mind” – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Rosemarie DeWitt (The stairs), Luke Kirby (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Judith Light (American crime story) are set as leads joining Phoebe-Rae Taylor Out of my mind, Disney +’s film adaptation of Sharon Draper’s award-winning novel, from Big Beach, Participant, Everywhere Studios LLC and Disney Branded Television. Michael Chernus is also part of the ensemble ensemble (Severance pay) and Courtney Taylor (Unsafe). Production is currently underway in Toronto.
Directed by Amber Sealey (No man of God) from a custom script by Daniel Stiepleman (On the basis of sex), out of me follows Melody Brooks (Taylor), a girl with cerebral palsy. Melody has a quick wit and a sharp mind, but because she is non-verbal and uses a wheelchair, she does not get the same academic opportunities as her classmates. But when Katherine, a young teacher, notices the student’s untapped potential, she encourages Melody to participate in regular education, where greater successes – and challenges – await.
DeWitt portrays Diane, Melody’s mother and fiercest spokeswoman, and Kirby plays her supportive father, Chuck. Light plays Mrs. V., Brooks’ eccentric but caring neighbor who, though her style may be unconventional, always looks for Melody. Taylor is Katherine, a postdoctoral fellow and educator, and Chernus plays Mr. Dimming, Melody’s teacher and coach for the school’s trivia team.
The production team includes several people from cerebral palsy and AAC (augmentative and alternative communication device), who have been involved from the earliest stages of development.
Oscar-nominated Peter Saraf produces with Dan Angel and Participant. Executive producers are Big Beach’s Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub, Participant’s founders Jeff Skoll and Robert Kessel, along with Tom Mazza, David Calver Jones and Brian Gott.
DeWitt next can be seen in The estatedirected by Dean Craig and starring Toni Collette and Anna Faris, and is currently in the critically acclaimed HBO Max drama The stairs. She is represented by CAA, ICM Partners, Courtney Kivowitz and Ziffren Brittenham.
Kirby received an Emmy for her portrayal of Lenny Bruce in The wonderful Mrs. Maisel. He recently finished filming the MGM movie Dark Harvest directed by David Slade, as well as starring in the first season of the Spectrum Originals series Panhandle. Kirby is repeated by GGA and Gersh.
Light recently starred in Ryan Murphy’s Impeachment: American Crime Story on FX and appeared in Lin Manuel Mirandas tick, tick … Bom! for Netflix. Her current projects include HBO’s Max’s Julia, Starz’s horror comedy Shining Valeand Searchlight’s upcoming dark comedy The menu , along with Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes. She has also just packed up the production The young wife for FilmNation. Light is repeated by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Chernus currently plays Ricken on Apple Severance pay. His extra credits include Netflix Easyand Orange is the new variety Hulu sin Ramy, CBS ‘ Tommy opposite Edie Falco, Amazons Patriot and Manhattan. He will next be seen in Alice Birch’s limited series Dead inferior opposite Rachel Weisz for Amazon. Chernus is represented by UTA, Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Felker Toczek Suddleson.
Taylor played Issa’s assistant Quoia on HBO Unsafe. She will next be seen opposite Nathalie Emmanuel in the upcoming Sony Screen Gems feature The invitation and in the ALLBLK series Send help.Taylor is represented by CAA and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.