Last week, Ant-Man headliner Paul Rudd signed on to star in the upcoming adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s 2013 novel, The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving. The brilliant slice-of-life dramedy will be shepherded to the big screen by Emmy award-winner Rob Burnett, who is slated to write and direct the flick. In the midst of prepping for its shoot in Atlanta later this month, another big name has now joined the cast in the shape of Selena Gomez.
The Spring Breakers actress will star alongside Rudd, who was recently cast as the lead Ben Benjamin. A man going through a series of traumatic life changes, he embarks on a caretaking course that leads him to befriend Trevor, a teenager who suffers from muscular dystrophy. Though they’re at loggerheads to begin with, the duo become fast friends and hit the road for a rite-of-passage trip which is where they meet Dot. Gomez will be playing a brazen 17-year old, who the pair encounter while stopping for breakfast at a roadside diner. She’s a corking character, with a quick-witted, no-nonsense attitude who soon becomes the object of Trev’s affection.
As it stands, there’s no word on who will playing the teenage Trev, who is undoubtedly the lynchpin of the story. Still, with production rolling out on January 22nd, we won’t have to wait long to find out. Until then, check out the brief plot synopsis for The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving below and let us know what you make of today’s news.
In this new novel, Jonathan Evison, author of the New York Times bestseller West of Here, has crafted a story that is as grounded in the stark reality of its characters’ struggles as it is filled with the kind of hopeful joy that enables them to make it from one day to the next. A novel of the heart, a novel of unlikely heroes in a grand American landscape, it is most of all a profound look into what it takes to truly care for one another.