Anna Kendrick joins Zach Braff’s Kickstarter project, Wish I Was Here
Kickstarter is a great way to fund movies you want to make that are based on a TV show or maybe a comic. ‘Veronica Mars’ was relatively low risk because if the fans didn’t open up their pocket books, then no harm, no foul. The project would barely register on the Hollywood radar and no one would really care. But if you’re an actor and you’re trying to get a movie starring you, directed and written by you and it doesn’t go well, that could end up being a career killer. So what I’m trying to say is; regardless of how you feel about Zach Braff turning to Kickstarter to fund his next movie, you have to respect the guy for having the guts to try. Because he could have fallen on his face and ended his career.
But thankfully, the former ‘Scrubs’ star is flying high with over $2 million raised so far and so the pieces to WISH I WAS HERE are starting to fall into place. He just upped the excitement factor by casting the great and underused Anna Kendrick in the film. She’ll be playing the wife of the lead character’s brother. She joins a cast that already includes Zach Braff, Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad. Filming should get underway soon.
WISH I WAS HERE official synopsis: “Wish I Was Here” is the story of Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he’d 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 (ages 5 and 12) and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them. The result is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.