Deadline is exclusively reporting that Gwendoline Christie, Cherry Jones, Jake Owen, Denee Benton, Marielle Scott, Ahna O’Reilly, Isabella Kai Rice and Violet McGraw are the latest names to join the cast of Scott Free and Black Bear’s fact-based drama The Friend.
The Friend tells the true story of Nicole and Matthew Teague who, after learning that Nicole has six months to live, receive the unexpected support of the couple’s best friend. He moves into their family home and puts his own life on hold. His impact on everyone is much greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.
The film is being directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, whose credits include Blackfish and Megan Leavey, while the script is being adapted by Brad Ingelsby of Out of the Furnace fame. Scott Free’s Free’s Kevin Walsh, Michael Pruss and Ryan Stowell, will serve as producers on the project alongside Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman. Ridley Scott will serve as an executive producer alongside Black Bear’s Ben Stillman and Michael Heimler, as well as Brad Ingelsby, Matthew Teague and Ted Deiker.