Braff himself is taking the lead on this one, with Kate Hudson boarding the project a few weeks back to star opposite him as his character’s wife. And after Braff took to Kickstarter to tease fans that his daughter had been cast, and that she is ‘as sweet as a doll’, teasing a reference to Joey King (who played the China Girl in Oz the Great and Powerful), Deadline have confirmed that King has indeed joined the cast.
“WISH I WAS HERE” tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, husband and dad who at 35 is still trying to find his true place in life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially, and Aidan passes his time fantasizing about being the futuristic Space Knight he always dreamed he’d be as a little kid.
When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids, and with the only available public school on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them. The result is chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, he gradually discovers the parts of himself he couldn’t find.
King will be playing Grace Bloom, Braff and Hudson’s 12-year-old daughter who takes her Jewish education very seriously, and is dubious about being home-schooled by her father.
Braff notes in his message that we can expect another big announcement soon about who will be playing his soon, and I’m already looking forward to who’ll be joining the already great cast.
Braff and Hudson will be starring alongside Josh Gad, Anna Kendrick, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons, Donald Faison, and now Joey King.
Braff is directing from a script he co-wrote with his brother, Adam.
As you can imagine, there’s no word yet on a firm release date for the film, but Braff has spoken about hoping to take Wish I Was Here to Sundance early next year, eyeing a fall/autumn release beyond that.