May 16, 2013
'Homeland' star Mandy Patinkin joins Zach Braff's Kickstarter film
Saul Berenson actor signs up to play Braff's father
Homeland star Mandy Patinkin has joined the cast of Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff's follow-up to Garden State.
Braff launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the film on April 24 and just three days later he hit his $2 million (1.3 million) target. As of today (May 16), over $2.6 million (£1.7 million) has been pledged by around 38,000 backers.
As well as directing the film and co-writing the script, Braff will star as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor who reluctantly agrees to home-school his father's two young sons. "The result," Braff teases, "is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own."
Patinkin - best known for playing Saul Berenson in Homeland - will appear as Aidan's father. Braff used his Twitter account to announce the casting, posting the photo that appears at the top of this article alongside the following message: "One of my favourite actors of all time joins the cast of Wish I Was Here: Mandy Patinkin will play my father."
Braff will begin shooting Wish I Was Here in LA this summer (2013). It's the former Scrubs star's first film as director since 2004's Garden State, a quirky comedy co-starring Natalie Portman that has now become a cult favourite. The film's soundtrack, which featured songs by Coldplay, The Shins and Nick Drake, all hand-picked by Braff, went on to win a Grammy.
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