Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue and Abigail Breslin have been cast in the indie drama Janie Jones, along with Frank Whaley, Brittany Snow, Peter Stormare and Joel David Moore.
Breslin will play the title role, a young girl who is abandoned by her drug-addicted, former-groupie mother (Shue) at a concert and surprises the fading rock singer who's performing (Nivola) with news that she's his daughter.
The film is written and will be directed by David M. Rosenthal (See This Movie), who based the story on his similar experience.
There was, in fact, a notorious Janie Jones in 1960s-'70s London who made waves as a pop star and famous madam. The Clash subsequently memorialized her in the first song on their 1977 debut album.
Nivola played a rock star in Lisa Cholodenko's Laurel Canyon. He also has appeared in Junebug, Face/Off and Best Laid Plans. He next appears in Sony Pictures Classics' Coco Before Chanel, set for release September 25.
Shue recently appeared in Hamlet 2 and Gracie, which she also produced. She next stars in Dimension Films' Piranha 3-D, which swims into theaters in April.
Breslin most recently appeared in My Sister's Keeper and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. She next appears in the Columbia horror-comedy Zombieland, set for release October 2.