Madisen Beaty Joining the cast of “Measure of a Man”

As reported in “Deadline” and other sources, actress Madisen Beaty, who played Joaquin Phoenix’s first love in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-nominated “The Master” last year, is the first cast member to sign on to indie drama “The Measure of a Man”, according to Deadline. Terry Loane will direct the adaptation based on the novel “One Fat Summer” by Robert Lipsyte.

“Measure of a Man” follows Bobby Marks, a chubby and often bullied teenager, who finds spending the summer at a family lake house sheer torture, until he transforms himself into a confident young man. Beaty will take the role of Michelle, Bobby’s sister who’s used to the spotlight and getting her own way. David Scearce adapted the coming of age novel for the big screen.

The eighteen year old actress may be best known for playing Doris Solstad in PT Anderson’s “The Master” opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, but Beaty made her feature film debut under the direction of a different auteur in David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” She recently wrapped up indie “Jamie Marks is Dead” with “Shameless” star Cameron Monaghan and has a recurring role on new ABC Family drama “The Fosters.”

Madisen Beaty on ABC Family show “The Fosters”

Watching our friend Madisen Beaty guest starring on “The Fosters” on ABC Family tonight. Madisen will be in (at least) the first seven episodes as “Talya.” Below is the text from “About the Show” from the ABC Family website:

The Fosters is a compelling, one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster (Teri Polo), a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams (Sherri Saum), a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon (David Lambert), and their adopted twins, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Jake T. Austin). Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie (Maia Mitchell), a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home thinking it’s just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found.

Callie is quick to observe that the Fosters are an atypical family, and her blunt commentary hits a nerve with Jesus and Mariana who are struggling with their own identities. The twins have the opportunity to meet their birth mother, but they aren’t sure if they are emotionally ready, or if they want to share the experience with their adoptive moms. Callie also discovers that Mariana is harboring a secret that could land her in serious trouble.

Brandon, a talented musician with a kind soul, lends Callie a hand in navigating the classrooms and social scene at the Fosters’ high school, Anchor Beach Community Charter School. He’s faced with a tough decision when Callie decides to ditch school to reconnect with someone from her past. What happens next will determine if Stef and Lena made the right choice in taking a chance on Callie, and whether they have room in their home – and their hearts – for one more.

From executive producer Jennifer Lopez, and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, who will also serve as writers and executive producers, The Fosters stars Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, newcomer Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Cierra Ramirez. Joanna Johnson, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, Benny Medina and Greg Gugliotta will also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., and Prodco, Inc.

Congratulations to Madisen!

Congratulations to our friend Madisen Beaty, who has landed the role of “Young Daisy” in the feature film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett! “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is based on the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and directed by David Fincher. It is about a Man (Benjamin Button – played by Brad Pitt) who ages backwards, and his love affair with Daisy (played by Cate Blanchett). Madisen will play the part of Daisy, Cate Blanchett’s character, at the age 10-12. It is a period film that takes place 1934-1937, and will be filmed in Louisiana. The filming is supposed to start this month, but the film isn’t expected to be released until 2008.