Twilight star Ashley Greene has joined the cast of Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff’s follow-up to Garden State.
She replaces Anna Kendrick, who’s been forced to pull out due to “scheduling conflicts”, Braff revealed in an email to the film’s Kickstarter backers.
“You may know Ashley from Twilight,” Braff wrote. “I’ve known Ashley for a couple years now and I’m so excited she’s accepted my invitation to join our Kickstarter Klub. Not only is Ashley gorgeous and charming, but she is hilarious, a very good actress and normal and cool and we are so lucky to have her.”
Greene joins an impressive cast that also includes Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Jim Parsons, Homeland‘s Mandy Patinkin and Braff’s former Scrubs co-star Donald Faison.
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 on the film’s Kickstarter page, “is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own.”
Braff plans to start shooting Wish I Was Here in LA next month (August). He appealed for money to make the movie from fans on Kickstarter, a campaign that attracted controversy when it emerged that the project will also receive funding from a New York film company and Braff himself.
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.