Six more have signed on to star in some hot roles for Buddy Giovinazzo's Life is Hot in Cracktown. Based on Giovinazzo's own book of short stories, pic will show how the lives of several people intertwine within a crack-infested community. Lara Flynn Boyle, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mark Webber, Shannyn Sossamon, Tony Plana and Vondie Curtis-Hall have joined Victor Rasuk, Evan Ross, Michael Rapaport, Ileana Douglas and Kerry Washington in the pic, which was written and will be directed by Giovinazzo. Back when we first reported on this film, there weren't many plot details or character descriptions available.
However, the Hollywood Reporter now shares with us a whole mess of crack-related coolness -- like, how Lara Flynn Boyle will play a "cruel whore," Mark Webber will give us his take on a transvestite prostitute and Kerry Washington (who already played a prostitute in her last film, The Dead Girl) gets to go all transgender on us. Oh, but there's more to life in Cracktown; Rasuk's character is in charge of running the drug-infested tenement building, while his wife (Sossamon) cares for their sick child. Also, Plana plays an alcoholic and Edoardo Ballerini will give us his best abusive boyfriend routine. Fear not residents of Cracktown, the cops are also on the case: Nicholas (best known from his days wooing Tara Reid in American Pie) will play the rookie, and Curtis-Hall takes on the role of tough veteran. No word on who Evan Ross (son of Diana Ross) will play; all we're currently missing is a hard-edged drug pusher to wrap this feel-good story up nicely.