After having his creeps-inducing turn in “There Will Be Blood” overshadowed by Daniel Day-Lewis’ fierce, milkshake-slurping performance, Paul Dano has signed on to executive produce and star in a quirky romantic comedy called ”Gigantic.”
The indie also will star Zooey Deschanel (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Dano will play a mattress salesman who falls for a woman he meets at his store.
“Gigantic” will be the feature debut for director Matt Aselton, who wrote the script along with first-time screenwriter Adam Nagata. Production is tentatively scheduled to start next month in New York.
After “Gigantic,” Dano will star in the indie “The Good Heart,” reuniting with Brian Cox, with whom he co-starred in 2001′s “L.I.E.” In “The Good Heart,” Cox (“The Bourne Supremacy”) will play a crusty barman who makes a homeless man (Dano) his protege.
Dano, who played the freaky preacher Eli Sunday and his twin brother Paul in “There Will Be Blood,” will next be seen in Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” The movie, which is in post-production, was originally slated for a 2008 release, but word on the Web is that it has been moved back to fall 2009.