Golden Globe nominee Eva Longoria (Overboard, Dora And the Lost City Of The Gold) will star in the upcoming comedy Unplugging alongside previously announced two-time Emmy-nominated actor Matt Walsh (“Veep,” Widows). Lea Thompson (Back to the Future trilogy, “Caroline in the City”), Keith David (Crash, The Thing), Emmy-nominated Nicole Byer (“Nailed It!”, “Why Won’t You Date Me?”) and Al Madrigal (Night School, “The Daily Show”) have joined the film which marks the directorial debut from award-winning editor Debra Neil-Fisher (Ted, The Hangover movies). Walsh penned the script with Brad Morris.
The film will be produced by Debbie Liebling, Kevin Matusow and Carissa Buffel for The Traveling Picture Show Company, and Brad Morris and Matt Walsh. William G. Santor’s Productivity Media Inc. is financing, with Three Point Capital providing tax credit financing, and Radiant Films International handling foreign sales. Principal photography has commenced in Oklahoma. The film is closely following Oklahoma state and SAG/AFTRA Covid-19 protocols.
After the death of a friend, Dan (Walsh) is inspired to whisk his wife Jeanine (Longoria) away to a remote town for a “digital detox.” Their romantic weekend quickly turns disastrous with unearthly encounters, strong edibles and bizarre locals. With no cell and internet service, they’re lost, but end up reconnecting with each other along the way home.
Having worked consistently in Hollywood for over 20 years, Eva Longoria is an award-winning actress, director and producer who has been leading the charge of diverse and female representation since her starring role in the hit ABC series “Desperate Housewives”. Next month, she will begin production on Universal Pictures’ Untitled sci-fi film opposite Ice Cube from director Rich Lee and producers Patrick Aiello and Timur Bekmambetov. She will next be seen in Amazon’s Sylvie’s Love opposite Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha, which is due out on December 25th. A highly sought after director, Longoria will make her feature directorial debut in 2021 with the biopic Flamin’ Hot for Searchlight.
Two-time Emmy-nominated actor Matt Walsh starred in HBO’s award-winning comedy series “Veep” as Mike McLintock, the sharp-witted, deadpan Director of Communications. Walsh is a founding member of the famed national improv-sketch comedy theatre Upright Citizens Brigade. Walsh was recently seen in Orchard Films’ Under the Eiffel Tower by Orchard films, 2019. He served as a producer and writer on the film as well. In addition to his film and TV work, Walsh is a charitable founder of Gender Nation, an organization which empowers children through access to stories that demonstrate all genders and sexualites. He also co-founded with his brothers the Turkey Bird Classic, a yearly golf charity event that raises money for Defy Ventures which helps people who have been incarcerated tolearn employment skills allowing them a second chance at life.
Lea Thompson has starred in more than 30 films, 25 television movies and 4 television series. She’s best known for her roles in the Back to the Future trilogy, NBC’s “Caroline in the City,” and ABC’s “Switched at Birth” and her feature directing debut, The Year of Spectacular Men.
Keith David’s range of talent is evidenced by his body of work, including The Princess and the Frog, Coraline, Crash, Barbershop, The Thing, and Academy Award Best Picture winner Platoon. He received three Emmy Awards for his narration of Ken Burns documentaries: “The War,” “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson,” and “Jackie Robinson.”
Nicole Byer Nicole Byer is an actress, comedian, writer, author and podcaster who this year was nominated for an Emmy in the category of “Outstanding Host for A Reality or Competition Program” for “Nailed It!,” Netflix’s hit reality competition baking series. Byer is also well-known for her appearances on MTV’s female-driven comedy series “Girl Code”. She has five podcasts, the fan-favorite being “Why Won’t You Date Me?” and her book debut, #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE, was published by Andrews McMeel in June 2020.
Al Madrigal is a comedian, writer, actor and producer best known for his work on “The Daily Show.” Madrigal has co-starred in Universal Pictures’ Night School, Showtime’s dark comedy “I’m Dying Up Here,” and most recently in Warner Bros.’ The Way Back alongside Ben Affleck.