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September 2007


THE LOVE GURU casting news
Ben Kingsley, Meagan Good and John Oliver join Mike Myers, Justin Timberlake, and Jessica Alba in comedy

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

September 5, 2007

NEW YORK -- Ben Kingsley, Meagan Good and John Oliver will star opposite Mike Myers, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba in the Paramount Pictures comedy "The Love Guru."

In a role befitting a British knight, Kingsley plays Guru Tugginmypudha, the ashram leader who teaches the title character (Myers) how to love himself and how to wear a chastity belt.

Good plays Prudence, the woman who leaves Toronto Maple Leafs player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco) for his French-Canadian hockey nemesis, Jacques Grande (Timberlake).

Oliver plays manager Dick Pants, whose goal is to get the Love Guru on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to settle a rivalry between his client and Deepak Chopra.

Alba plays the Maple Leafs manager, who enlists the Love Guru's services to restore Roanoke's mojo after Prudence betrays him. Verne Troyer plays the team coach.

Kingsley, who won an Oscar for "Gandhi" and was nominated for "Sexy Beast," recently starred opposite Mary-Kate Olsen in "The Wackiness." His other upcoming projects include the Toronto International Film Festival entry "War, Inc.," "Elegy" and "Transsiberian."

Good had lead roles in the hits "Stomp the Yard" and "Waist Deep" and also appeared in the acclaimed indie "Brick," "Roll Bounce" and "You Got Served."

The U.K.-born Oliver is a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." Before that, he spent seven years as a stand-up comedian, appearing on several British television shows.

Marco Schnabel will direct "Love Guru" from a screenplay by Graham Gordy and Myers. Michael De Luca, Donald J. Lee Jr. and Myers serve as producers on the Spyglass Entertainment production.

The film begins shooting Friday in Toronto. It's scheduled to hit theaters June 20.

Kingsley is co-repped by CAA and Independent Talent with attorney Rick Genow. Good is repped by CAA, Evan Hainey at Untitled Entertainment and attorney Jeff Bernstein at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum & Morris


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