Ariana DeBose and Jennifer Jason Leigh have joined the cast of Chris Pine’s directorial debut ‘Poolman’. DeBose and Jason will join the previously announced cast of Pine, Annette Bening, and Danny DeVito.
The plot follows Darren Barrenman, is a hapless dreamer and would-be philosopher who spends his days looking after the pool of the Tahitian Tiki apartment block in sunny Los Angeles and crashing city council meetings with his neighbors Jack and Diane (DeVito, Bening),” reads the synopsis. “When Barrenman uncovers the greatest water heist in LA history since Chinatown he makes uneasy alliances with a beautiful and connected femme fatale while following every lead he can with corrupt city officials, burned-out Hollywood types, and mysterious benefactors – all in the name of protecting his precious Los Angeles.”
Pine will co-write the script with Ian Gotler, Bening, and DeVito. Pine and Ian Gotler will produce under their Barry Linen Motion Pictures banner. Poolman will reunite Pine and Jenkins, who is producing for Wicious Pictures. This marks their latest collaboration, following Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 1984, and the limited series I Am the Night.
The filming begins in June in Los Angeles.
Ariana DeBose won the best actress in a supporting role for West Side Story, declaring herself a “queer woman of colour” in her acceptance speech – becoming the first openly LGBTQ+ woman of colour to win an Oscar in the event’s history.
Jennifer Jason Leigh is best known for her role as a deeply disturbed roommate in Single White Female (1992), with Bridget Fonda. She was also part of the stellar ensemble cast for Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (1993), which also included Julianne Moore and Tim Robbins.