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Prinze and Klein Harmonize in "Serenade"

Marcia Gay Harden

Freddie Prinze Jr. and Chris Klein will take the starring roles in Frank Whaley's "New York City Serenade," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Actor/writer/director Whaley ("The Jimmy Show" and TV's "The Dead Zone") wrote the screenplay based on a bittersweet period of his own life. He will also direct the film.

Set in the mid-1990s, Prinze plays Owen, an aspiring filmmaker suffering in a job at the neighborhood photomat. Owen's childhood best friend Ray (Klein) is a drummer, ex-husband and father who plays the dive bar circuit, often for drunken crowds prone to violence.

Trouble for the duo arises when Owen is accepted to a film festival, the two meet actor Wallace Shawn (Inconceivable!! ... he was Vizzini in "The Princess Bride), and Ray starts posing as Shawn's son.

Among a slew of other projects, Whaley - who will always be best known to me for his great performances alongside Kevin Spacey in "Swimming With Sharks" and Matthew Broderick in "The Freshman"- next stars as a heroic paramedic in Oliver Stone's upcoming "World Trade Center."

Prinze, who most recently has been working with ABC on his sitcom "Freddie," is lending his voice to characters in the animated features "Delgo" and "Happily N'Ever After."

Klein can next be seen in the feature films "Day Zero" and "Lenexa, 1 Mile."

No production schedule for "Serenade" has been announced. -- Shannon Nolley


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Posted by Shannon on July 26, 2006 8:30 AM
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