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"Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something." - Thomas A. Edison
"Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something." - Thomas A. Edison
"Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something." - Thomas A. Edison
46,520 backers pledged $3,105,473 to help bring this project to life.

Our Leading Lady.


The character of Sarah (my wife) needs to be pretty, funny, believable as a mother of two children ages 5 and 12 and an actress who’s skilled at both comedy and drama.

I fell in love with Kate Hudson when I first saw her in Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous”. (She was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Penny Lane.)

Years later, we have become good friends. There’s an added benefit in already being close with the actor playing opposite you; a familiarity that’s real and isn’t forced. As we shoot in August, I loved the idea of jumping into this movie-marriage with someone with whom I’ve already shared lots of laughs.

Backers, I am honored and excited to introduce our leading lady: Kate Hudson.

Allow me to introduce our starting lineup thus far:

  • Zach Braff (me) 
  • Kate Hudson 
  • Mandy Patinkin 
  • Josh Gad 
  • Anna Kendrick 
  • Jim Parsons 
  • Donald Faison 

P.S. We are about to be 40,000 people strong. Can't stop smiling. Love you all,


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    1. Alexander The'AdventMaster Pritchard on May 24, 2013

      My comment is a power of two. 256 ftw.

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      Lesley Mathis on May 23, 2013

      Zach, I love you, but this kinda kills the movie for me. I loved Almost Famous, but haven't liked Kate Hudson in any of her roles since then. She just doesn't seem to hit the right note for this type of film. Oh well. I still have hope!

    3. Sara-May Mallett on May 23, 2013

      Holy CRAP! This keeps on getting better & better!

    4. TaRaysha Smith on May 22, 2013

      awesome! I simply adore Kate Hudson!

    5. Aurélie Grancher on May 22, 2013

      Très bon choix ! :)

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      Stephen Bennett on May 21, 2013

      wow! great choice

    7. Charles Lewis on May 21, 2013

      Wow. This is going to be a great movie. Wish I could be a part of it....oh yeah I already am!

    8. Claudio Bottaccini
      on May 21, 2013

      what about Kate's husband Matt Bellamy as score composer ?

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      Ruth Novak on May 21, 2013

      Yay!!! Penny lane!! Excellent choice!!

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      Nicolas on May 21, 2013

      Now this is the proper use of the term "friends with benefits" lol

    11. Paul Peignaud on May 21, 2013

      Amazing cast Zach, well done really.
      I'm excited to see how it will work !

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    13. Maria Bissinger on May 21, 2013

      I love Kate Hudson, but I have to chime in with the rest of the people who said that they are surprised at her casting and had hoped that a smaller lesser known actress would get the part. Or, I was just hoping to see you paired up with Natalie Portman again. And I mean I really love Kate Hudson too, I just don't see her for this film. She doesn't have the energy that I pictured that character to have. I'm happy for you that you get to cast and work with a good friend! Also I know you know what you're doing and I'm sure she'll be beyond amazing. It's just a surprise.

    14. CF on May 21, 2013

      Cool! Great cast thus far. Some big names.

      Heard Zack on Howard Stern this morning, 5/21. Awesome interview. I learned a lot. Learned that neither Wilmer Valderrama nor Zack Braff deflowered Mandy Moore, Zack has stayed at Howard's house (may or may not have a key), has a hot model gf who only gets toples for French photoshoots, and more about this Kickstarter project and his movie. Big Howard fan myself. Great publicity for the site and the project. Very excited to be a part of it! YAY!

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      Arvind S. Gautam on May 21, 2013

      WOOOHOOO!!! *whistle whistle*

    16. Lynn L'Hote on May 21, 2013

      I love Kate Hudson!! So excited that you got her to do this!!! Man, you surprised me on this one. Awesome!

    17. Dmitriy Porechnyi on May 21, 2013

      Идеально, Зак. Отличный выбор, одобряю.

    18. M G on May 21, 2013

      Aww ... the limited edition vinyl is so frackin' tempting. I'm a tee-shirt backer, and glad, but that record ... $120 to get that to Japan, though I don't know how the hell I'm gonna move all my records if I leave JP ... どうするかなあ (what to do, what to do ...) I just know you're gonna make a killer film (again), so the extra donation seems worth it ...

    19. M G on May 21, 2013

      ... and don't hate me for expressing this, but I'm much more razzed about Anna Kendrick. She's fantastic \(^-^)/

    20. Charlie Coombes on May 21, 2013

      Oh my! I am so happy about this. Penny Lane is maybe my favourite screen character of all time and I have loved Kate Hudson ever since.

    21. M G on May 21, 2013

      I have absolute faith in your casting choices, my brother! And that's coming from a dude who has little faith in anything at all! Once again: nice! Michelle Williams would've been sweet, but Ms. Hudson has the chemistry you need, so rock on!

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      Rachael Botfield on May 21, 2013

      Fab! Love her. Am even more excited about seeing the finished product with seeing all the cast updates

    23. Myriam Zekraoui on May 21, 2013

      Wow, this is getting so epic! +1 for Muse giving a hand for the soundtrack!!! Can't stop smiling as well :D

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      victoria thomas on May 21, 2013

      René I was going to say that too :) get her to get Muse to kick in some tunage - that would be immense!!!!

      William Miller. "I need to go home"
      Penny Lane. "You are home"

      I love this lady, she is beautiful, genuine, funny, has great taste in music, is a wonderful actress and I feel so happy she is going to be in this film.....

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      Anna Eves on May 21, 2013

      I want to marry (or at least live in delicious sin with) this entire cast and have its spectacularly gorgeous, talented, wry, MUSICAL (hint), intelligent, heartbreaking babies.

      Love magnetises love, and you, ZB and beautiful friends and colleagues, are the masters and mistresses of magnetism.

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      Gavin Brandt on May 21, 2013

      Great cast so far. This becomes more and more exciting!

    27. Mike Jutan on May 21, 2013

      And... this is one of the many reasons why Zach Braff is so epic: 'I fell in love with Kate Hudson when I first saw her in Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous'. YUP. Same here :) What an awesome choice. And siiiiiiiick that you scored Mandy Patinkin too. Can't wait to see this magic on screen.

    28. René Pasold on May 21, 2013

      Ask Matt to do some something for the soundtrack. :D

    29. Patrick Campbell on May 21, 2013

      Wow, what an awesome cast so far. This is amazing. Zach, keep up the great work. Every new bit of news just solidifies in my mind that backing this was the right thing. This movie is going to be unbelievable. :)

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      dulcinea2020 (deleted) on May 21, 2013

      Ha. What a cast (no scrubs, heh, heh)

    31. Brad King on May 21, 2013

      What a great cast so far. Would love to have a premier in Australia.

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      Jessica (deleted) on May 21, 2013

      How exciting!! That's great news about Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons & Donald Faison!!

    33. Geoffrey Maddox on May 20, 2013

      I have to say I'm a bit shocked at the casting. I thought it would be smaller lesser known people but you have put together one hell of a lineup. I enjoy everyone on your cast and I can't say that about too many movies. I say well done sir.

    34. Jennifer on May 20, 2013

      So happy about this announcement! And so excited about the line-up so far!!

    35. Tim Gately on May 20, 2013

      Wow Zach you lucky sod! Kate and Anna, now THAT is a fantasy sequence! ;-)

      Please bring these lovely ladies and all the guy-love downunder to Sydney for a premier so your Aussie fans (and backers) may also get the chance to scream "Eeaaggllleee!".

    36. Kelly on May 20, 2013

      I am just getting more and more excited about this movie. Love that Jim Parsons and Donald Faison are in it as well.

    37. Liz Dent on May 20, 2013

      I'm so excited about this cast! Kate will be awesome!

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      Dave Goodfellow on May 20, 2013

      Great choice Zach. This is going to be such a solid movie!!!

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      Kerri Rodriguez on May 20, 2013

      Everything about this is just amazing and this ride, though it's been short has been thrilling....looking forward to what's ahead. Congratulations and THANK YOU for keeping us involved....Kate Hudson...Miss Penny just keeps getting better....all the CAST, WOW!

    40. Jenn Jenkins Marsh on May 20, 2013

      WOW! That's big-time, Mr. Man!

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      Casey Fiorenza on May 20, 2013

      Yes,yes,yes! So excited to see the line up building with such a great cast!

    42. Rick Dowling on May 20, 2013

      First of all WOW!! Kate hudson, i think, is underrated to some people as an actress!! Secondly, the opinion that she may over shadow the role/film is absurd. Please let me remind you that another film that was made some time back who is well known and she did not overshadow the role or the film, she added volume and depth to her role and was a great choice, her name was natalie portman and the film was garden state!! i say Great casting choice Zach/Avy. Think its also great that you are already friends, the chemistry is already there!

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      Arvi Sandhu on May 20, 2013

      I was secretly hoping it'd be Sarah Chalke but I guess that would've made it look too much like "Scrubs" (which would still have been freakin awesome). But I love Kate Hudson as well. She's so talented, not to mention gorgeous. The rest of the cast sounds amazing too. So excited!

    44. Yael Corvetti on May 20, 2013

      So happy that things are progressing so well, so grateful to have the chance to be part of what looking more and more exciting! Great cast ! Loving my updates! Love love love

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      Maegan Powell on May 20, 2013

      Love, love, love. Great cast choices! :D

    46. Lizbeth Reyes on May 20, 2013

      This is goimg to be so fun!

    47. Lindsey Miller on May 20, 2013

      What an amazing cast! Such a wonderful world we live in that I am a ((small)) part of whats going to be an amazing film! Keep up the shares of such great news!!