March 3, 2009

Payne to direct 1st film since ‘Sideways’

U.S. filmmaker Alexander Payne is set to direct Downsizing, his first movie since his 2004 wine country comedy, Sideways, Variety.com said.

Payne also co-wrote Downsizing, which is expected to feature his Sideways star Paul Giamatti and Election leading lady Reese Witherspoon, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen is also up for a role in the new feature about a cash-strapped guy, played by Giamatti, who figures he can have a much nicer life if he undergoes a process to shrink himself.