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Hank Azaria joins ‘Out of the Blue’ in Neil Labu

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Hank Azaria has joined the cast of writer and director Neil Labut’s upcoming feature “Out of the Blue”. The dramatic thriller, which also stars Diane Kruger and Ray Nicholson, will wrap up major photography in Rhode Island this week.

Here is the official description: “Out of the Blue” is a contemporary story of passion, deception and violence. When Connor (Nicholson) meets the mysterious beauty Marilyn (Kruger), her seductive attraction transforms her dull life into a world of thrilling fantasy. He worries about adultery, the ex-con with the heart of gold seems to be destined for the crow-haired trophy wife. The only obstacle to their new life together? Marilyn is trapped in a nightmare with an abusive husband and a weak honest daughter. Azaria plays Jock, a nonsense probation officer who tries to prevent Connor from making a mistake that could jeopardize his future.

“Lakeview Terrace”, “In the Company of Men” and “Nurse Betty” directed by Labut.

The stars are Berry Mearovitz of Kuivar Distribution and The Squid Farm (Schuck, Guest House). Jeff Sackman and Larry Greenberg work as executive producers at Kuivar Distribution, who package the project and arrange the film’s financing with BondIT Media Capital. Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor and Tyler Gold produced for executive Bondite. Quiver will manage the film’s global distribution and launch it to international buyers at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month.

“We’ve been fans of Hank for many years and have been absolutely impressed by his versatility and ability to deal with a variety of characters on the big and small screens,” said Berry Myroitz and Jeff Sackman, vice presidents of Quiver Distribution. “He was a great presence on set, and we can’t wait for the audience to see what he, Diane and Ray Neal brought to the table under great direction.”

Azaria is a Tony Award nominee and six-time Emmy Award winner. He has recently produced an executive and starred in “Brockmeyer”, for which he was nominated for the 2018, 2019 and 2021 Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. She won the 2016 Emmy Award 2016 for her role as “Ray Donovan” and was re-nominated in 2017. On screen he has starred in “The Birdcage”, “Hit” and “The Smurfs”. Azaria is best known for her vocals on “The Simpsons”, for which she has won four Emmy Awards and six nominations. He will next play Tim Cook in Showtime’s “Super Pumped” which details the rise of Uber.

“Out of the Blue” marks Kiever’s next production – following Walter Hill’s “Dead for Dollars” starring Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe and Rachel Brosnahan, currently in production and filmed in New Mexico.

Azaria is represented by ICM Partners and Sloan, Offer, Weber & Darn.

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