What began as a Black List script with buzz is now an indie production with a dazzling ensemble. The Wrap reports Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), William H. Macy (Shameless), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies), Britt Robertson (Delivery Man), Lucy Walters (The Brass Teapot), Camille Mana (Smart People), and Manuel Garcia Rulfo (Bless Me, Ultima) have all joined Cake’s cast. THR adds that The Good Wife’s Mamie Gummer, daughter of Meryl Streep, has also signed on.
Penned by Patrick Tobin (No Easy Way Out), Cake will center on Claire (Aniston), a bitter woman who is absorbed in her own pain until a member of her chronic pain support group commits suicide. Once Nina (Kendrick) kills herself, Claire becomes fixated on the young woman’s life, and forms an unexpected but deep bond with Nina’s widower (Worthington). Through working through Nina’s tragedy, Claire is able to at last confront her own.
From this description, it might seem Kendrick’s part will be small; however, Nina re-enters Cake’s story as a ghost that appears to hassle Claire. Messina, who might be best known Mindy Kaling’s cranky, dancing love interest on The Mindy Project, will play Claire’s concerned ex-husband. Huffman will portray the leader of Claire and Nina’s support group. Mana will take on the role of Claire’s non-nonsense nurse, while Gummer will play her personal trainer, Bonnie. There’s no word on who the rest of the cast is set to portray, but presumably some of them will fill up the support group.“ – cineblend