Linda Cardellini (Avengers: Age of Ultron) has signed on to star opposite Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) in Green Book, which is being directed by Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber To) from a script he’s written with Nick Vallenlonga and Brian Currie.
Based on a true story, Green Book is set in 1962 and follows Tony Lip – the real life father of Vallenlonga – who was one of the best bouncers in New York City. In need of work after his nightclub, the Copacabana, shuts down, he takes a gig chauffeuring a highly educated piano-playing prodigy Dr. Don Shirley who wants Lip to go on tour with him in the Deep South. While the two clash at first, a bond eventually grows as they travel deeper into the racially charged region.
“To have Viggo, Mahershala and Linda in my movie is a blessing and an embarrassment of riches,” said Farrelly. “I am looking forward to working with all of them and sharing Nick’s testament to his father with the world.”
“We are proud to support the whole creative team on this film that beautifully highlights the enduring importance of friendship, family and the freedom to express yourself,” added Jonathan King, Participant Media’s President of Narrative Film & Television.