Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel to star in Gigantic

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Paul Dano has signed on to star in and executive produce the upcoming film Gigantic, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The delightfully quirky Zooey Deschanel will co-star with Dano in Gigantic, an offbeat romantic comedy about a young mattress salesman and a woman he meets at the store where he works. Rookie Matt Aselton will direct the film, which he co-wrote with Adam Nagata.

Dano first gained widespread attention with a mostly mute performance as brooding teenager Dwayne in the 2006 breakout hit Little Miss Sunshine. He also garnered rave reviews for his role as a manipulative young clergyman opposite Academy Award winner Daniel Day Lewis in last year’s dark drama There Will Be Blood.

Deschanel has made a name for herself in small independent films including Mumford and The Good Girl, as well as more mainstream fare including Almost Famous and Elf. After showing off considerable vocal chops in several of her films, she will be releasing her first album March 18 with singer/songwriter M. Ward under the moniker She & Him.

Production on Gigantic is scheduled to begin in March in New York.

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Zooey Deschanel on MySpace
IMDb: Paul Dano
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