About Schmidt Director Looking 'Sideways'

Alexander Payne (About Schmidt) is to direct the comedy Sideways, based on the upcoming novel by Rex Pickett according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Paul Giamatti is attached to star, with Sandra Oh on board in a supporting role.

The movie concerns two friends on a week long trip through the California wine country. just before one of them is to be married. Jack Pitcairn is in his late 30s, a failed actor who is barely earning a living doing voice-over work. While he very much loves his soon-to-be bride, he is panicking about the loss of his long standing bacherlorhood, and the pressures he will be under to join his new father-in-law's real estate firm. It is through the suggestion of his best friend and best man, Miles Raymond, that the two go on this trip. Miles is a failed author currently teaching English at a private middle school who fancies himself an amateur wine connoisseur, when he's really nothing more than an alcoholic. Miles went through a nasty divorce two years previous, unwilling and unable to move on, who spends most of his evenings drinking and writing while trying to find a way to get published.

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Shooting is to begin in September in California's Santa Ynez Valley.

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