Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to reunite with his Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau for the indie comedy Chef. This project is not to be confused with The Weinstein Company's Chef, which has Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy attached to star.
Robert Downey Jr. joins Jon Favreau in Chef
Chef, first reported on last month, brings Jon Favreau back to his indie roots, since he will star, write, produce, and direct the film. The multi-hyphenate will also play the lead role, a chef who loses his job and decides to start up a food truck, with the hope that he can re-ignite that culinary spark within, while getting back in touch with his estranged family. Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale are also starring. No details were given for Robert Downey Jr.'s character, or any of the supporting roles.
Jon Favreau is producing alongside Aldamisa co-chairman Sergei Bespalov and Karen Gilchrist. Aldamisa is financing the project, and will begin selling the project at Cannes next week. Here's what Jon Favreau had to say about the story.
"Setting a film in the culinary world of Los Angeles offers wonderful opportunities for a character driven comedy."
Production will begin July 8 in Los Angeles.
Chef comes to theaters May 9th, 2014 and stars Scarlett Johansson, Sofía Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, Bobby Cannavale, John Leguizamo, Amy Sedaris. The film is directed by Jon Favreau.