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Toni Collette, Anna Faris and Thomas Haden Church to star in The Estate

Signature Films has announced that Academy® Award-nominee Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Hereditary), Anna Faris (The House Bunny, Overboard) and Academy® Award-nominee Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, Divorce, Spider-Man 3) will star in The Estate, for writer/director Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral, Love Wedding Repeat). Signature Films’ Marc Goldberg and Sarah Gabriel will produce alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Alison Benson’s Pretty Matches Productions. Executive Producers include Capstone Global’s Christian Mercuri and David Haring and Thruline’s Josh Kesselman.

Signature Films and Capstone Global are financing The Estate.

The film revolves around two sisters, Macey (Collette) and Savanna (Faris), who learn their wealthy but estranged Aunt Hilda is terminally ill. Seeing this as an opportunity to get her inheritance and rescue their dying café, the sisters plan to improve their bitter relationship and cater to Hilda’s needs. Arriving to Aunt Hilda’s extravagant estate, they find that they are not the only ones in the family with shifted morals. Their cousins Beatrice and Richard (Church) have come with the same plan to swoon Hilda into giving them her estate. Soon, it becomes a battle amongst the eclectic family as to who can impress the matriarch the most and come out on top.

Signature’s Marc Goldberg said “Dean’s knack for farce is one of a kind. We look forward to bringing this comedy to life and working with this extraordinary group of talent; Toni, Anna and Thomas couldn’t be more perfectly cast.”

Collette was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense. Notable credits include Ari Aster’s Hereditary for A24 and Rian Johnson’s Knives Out for Lionsgate. Collette can next be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley starring Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett which Searchlight is releasing on December 17th.

Faris is known for her starring roles in Overboard for MGM/Lionsgate, The House Bunny for Columbia Pictures, Scary Movie franchise for Dimension Films, and Just Friends for New Line Cinema, as well as CBS’ long running series ‘Mom’. Faris also is the host of acclaimed podcast ‘Anna Faris is Unqualified.’

Church was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Sideways and can next be seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home which Columbia Pictures will release in December.

Craig most recently wrote and directed the No.1 Netflix hit, Love, Wedding Repeat, starring Olivia Munn, Sam Claflin. He wrote both the UK and American version of Death at a Funeral. Directed by Frank Oz, the UK version starred Matthew Macfayden and Peter Dinklage while the American was directed by Neil LaBute and starred Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Danny Glover and Regina Hall. Craig is in post-production on The Honeymoon starring Maria Bakalova.

Collette is represented by CAA, Finley Management, United Management and Jackoway Austen. Faris is repped by UTA and Sloan Offer Weber Dern LLP. Church is represented by CAA, FINLEY Management and Jackoway Austen. Craig is repped by UTA and Thruline Entertainment.

Signature Films is behind Paul Andrew Williams’ revenge thriller Bull; the Ryan Philippe actioner One Shot; the Hayley Bennett drama She is Love; and the forthcoming Traphouse starring Dave Bautista.

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