Lasse Hallstrom and Patrick Dempsey. No, the two aren't teaming up for a raunchy, Paul Verhoeven-esque NC-17 sleazefest, although I know that was probably your first thought. As it happens, the director known for such glossy schmaltz as THE CIDER HOUSE RULES and CHOCOLAT and the actor currently best known as "McDreamy" are joining forces to bring you the serio-comic period piece TOM'S DAD, the plot for which is almost as exciting as the title.
The story is set in 1962, and Dempsey will play a successful character film actor and a comedy vaudevillian nightclub performer at a crossroads because the changing style of comedy is making him obsolete. His situation's complicated by the arrival of his long-estranged young son.
Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil will produce, from a script written by Martin Casella. No other cast has been announced, but you'd better believe that kid whose dad is "Tom" better be a powerhouse performer if he's going to hold his own opposite Dempsey. (End sarcasm.)