Big Beach Films announced Tuesday that its film adaptation of Marie Phillips’ 2007 novel Gods Behaving Badly will feature a star-studded cast including Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, Rosie Perez, and True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis.
Phillips’ bestselling comic novel centers on a world where fallen gods are forced to live and work like regular people – as phone sex operators, dog walkers, and busy-bodies nosing into each other’s affairs. The film, adapted by Josh Goldfaden and Marc Turtletaub, takes a turn from the original story set in London and instead takes place in a brownstone in New York City.
Rashad, Perez, and Ellis have been cast as god/desses Demeter, Persephone and Dionysus, respectively, alongside Christopher Walken as Zeus, Sharon Stone as Aphrodite, Oliver Platt as Apollo, Edie Falco as Artemis, Gideon Glick as Eros, John Turturro as Hades, and Henry Zebrowski as Hermes. Alicia Silverstone also stars as a mortal who gets caught up in the plight of the gods.
Movieline confirms the production, directed by Turtletaub, is scheduled to begin shooting in mid-July.