Joshua Leonard To Direct The Lie

Blair Witch star to step behind camera

The last time Joshua Leonard stepped behind the camera, it caused quite a stir. That, of course, was on The Blair Witch Project when he played one of the three ill-fated student filmmakers who tangled with the eponymous menace.

A decade on, and Leonard is ready to go behind the camera again, this time for real, on the indie drama, The Lie.

The movie is based on a short story, written by T.C. Boyle, that appeared in The New Yorker, about a man who changes his life when he lies in order to get out of work. Sounds a little like The Invention of Lying – let’s hope that Leonard’s film hits the mark that Ricky Gervais’ appalling comedy missed so spectacularly.

Leonard, who finally buried the Blair Witch curse this year by starring in the acclaimed indie comedy, Humpday (and the HBO show, Hung), will also star in the movie, alongside Jane Adams, Kelli Garner, P.J. Ransone, the wonderfully-named Gerry Bednob and Kirk Baltz, who you may remember as the cop who gets his ear sliced off in Reservoir Dogs.

Leonard, just to further prove that he’s no one-or-even-two-trick pony, also adapted the screenplay with two other co-stars, Mark Webber and Jess Weixler.

Filming starts this month in LA.