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April 8, 2009 - Butter - Jennifer Garner tops cast and may produce

Scooped on Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New life has been sunk into rookie writer Jason Micallef's Butter. His screenplay, which ranked third on last year's Black List (a roll call of unproduced original screenplays that industry peers have deemed among the best written in the past 12 months), is now getting some help rolling forward with the announcement that Jennifer Garner is attached to star in the film and may also produce.

Micallef's screenplay centers on a midwest-raised woman who finds that she has a talent to carve beautiful images from out of butter. Upon entering a butter-carving competition the protagonist finds herself an unexpected rival in the form of the wife of the retired butter-carving champ.

"I wanted to do a political satire," Micallef told The Hollywood Reporter, "and I was looking for some venue that people take very seriously but is also ridiculous -- like politics -- but at the same time is really visual."

Michael De Luca is already onboard as a producer along with Mandate Films' Nathan Kahane. Garner and Juliana Janes of Vandalia Films are working out their contracts to join the producers' circle.

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