According to JoBlo, Paul Giamatti and Emily Mortimer have signed on to star in the indie comedy Pretty Bird for Paul Schneider who, from the looks of it, will make his directorial debut on the film. Up until this point, Schneider has primarily done work as an actor, starring in films like Elizabethtown, Live Free or Die and The Family Stone. Giamatti, who's been dabbling in drama as of late, returns to a quirky comedic role which sort of reminds me of his take on Harvey Pekar in American Splendor. Pretty Bird finds him playing a lovable loser who attempts to invent a rocket belt in hopes that it will make him famous. In order to make it work, he enlists help from some of his friends -- only they succeed, and subsequently begin to turn on one another. Giamatti will produce the film along with his wife Liz.

The always-enjoyable Mortimer will play a girl named Mandy; the Director of Marketing for their rocket belt operation. How does one go about marketing a rocket belt in this day and age? I'm not exactly sure, but I do know that the film will shoot in New Jersey this August -- which means my original question will have to become even more complex: How do you market a rocket belt in New Jersey? Giamatti will next show up on screen as a badass villain in Shoot 'Em Up, opposite Clive Owen. Based on the trailer (in which Giamatti looked absolutely nuts), I'd say it will be one of his more fascinating roles. He'll also appear next to Vince Vaughn in Fred Claus later this winter. Mortimer, on the other hand, can next be seen playing a (real-life doll?) in the upcoming Lars and the Real Girl.