Netflix is attempting to tackle the timely subject of the heroin epidemic sweeping the country in their new feature film, “6 Balloons.” Dave Franco, Abbi Jacobson, Jane Kaczmarek and Tim Matheson have now signed on to star in the new film. Franco will play Seth, a recovering addict who falls back into heroin while having to care for his two-year-old daughter. Deadline reports that Jacobson is set to star as his sister who must act after discovering this.
Marja-Lewis Ryan, who most recently wrote the screenplay for the somehow-happening “Splash,” an upcoming update on the1 1984 Ron Howard film starring Tom Hanks, has written the script and will also direct the film.
“6 Balloons” represents an attempt for both Jacobson and Franco to venture into more serious territory. Jacobson currently stars on the hit Comedy Central show “Broad City” and Franco is best known for his work in such comedies as “21 Jump Street” and “Neighbors,” though he recently starred in another new Netflix series, Joe Swanberg’s “Easy.” The two have already worked together, thanks to voice roles in the upcoming animated movie “The Lego Ninjago Movie.”