Danny Glover to Star in Upcoming Feature Film Waffle Street

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Indie flick will chronicle the true story of financier James Adams, who found his own version of the American dream in a waffle shop.

Legendary actor Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon 1-4, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls) has signed on to star in the upcoming feature film, Waffle Street. The drama-comedy tells the story of James Adams, a VP of a $30 billion hedge fund who lost his job in the recent market crash and wound up working as a waiter in a waffle shop. Amid the greasy madness of the 24-hour diner, Adams befriends ex-con grill master Edward Collins (played by Glover), who serves up hard lessons about finance, life, and grits.

Waffle Street’s riches-to-rags tale is an adaptation of James Adams’ 2010 memoir of the same name (published by Sourced Media Books), which chronicles the financier’s foray into the food industry. After being laid off at the hedge fund where he worked, and further jaded by his culpability in the crisis, Adams chose to work at a popular 24-hour diner where he claims “most of his financial knowledge has been gleaned.” Offering a fresh take on the fallout of corporate greed, Adams’ is a tale of the redemption and unlikely friendship found under the tutelage of Glover’s character Edward, the best short-order cook in town.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have Danny Glover co-leading the cast,” said real-life financier James Adams. “He’s a wonderful actor and perfectly suited for the role of Edward Collins, my restaurant mentor. I look forward to seeing his tremendous range on display as the story makes alternately comedic and serious examinations of the struggle to learn an honest living.”

Screenwriter Autumn McAlpin optioned the memoir and will produce along with John J. Kelly (Divergent, 127 Hours, Warrior, Madea’s Witness Protection) and Brad Johnson (VampU, Friend Request, Dawn of the Dragon Slayer). Brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms, who penned the script along with McAlpin, will direct. This will be the Nelms brothers’ follow-up to their 2013 award-winning film Lost on Purpose, starring Jane Kaczmarek, C. Thomas Howell, James Lafferty, Aaron Hill, Dale Dickey and Academy-Award winner Octavia Spencer.

Waffle Street begins production in August in Utah. The One Man Band Diner in Lehi, Utah, will transform into the (fictitious) “Papa’s Chicken and Waffle,” the primary set piece of the fish-out-of-water tale.

Eshom and Ian Nelms are repped by UTA. Autumn McAlpin is repped by Paradigm. The producers are in talks with distributors; IFT will handle foreign sales.

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