Jenna Fischer is taking the leap from NBC’s hit comedy series ‘The Office’ to the new romantic comedy film ‘The Giant Mechanical Man’. After appearing in supporting roles in such movies as ‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story’ and ‘Blades of Glory,’ Fischer decided to take on a leading actress role in the independent film. Her character attracts two romantic interests who are completely different from each other.
The actress will star as a soft-spoken zoo keeper who becomes interested in Chris Messina’s character, a misunderstood street performer. However, Malin Akerman, who portrays Fischer’s sister, persuades her to also date an arrogant motivational speaker, played by Topher Grace. The former ‘That ’70’s Show’ star will be playing against type, as he usually plays the sensitive, misunderstood male protagonist who always wins the girl in the end.
Fischer’s husband, Lee Kirk, who wrote the movie’s screenplay, is also directing the film. Fischer and Molly Hassell are producing the movie. Production is expected to begin later this month in Detroit.
Written by: Karen Benardello