Bruce Beresford has cast rising star Britt Robertson as one of the two female leads in Cook, a drama starring Eddie Murphy.

Murphy will play a cook who is hired by a dying man to prepare meals for the man’s girlfriend and her daughter (Robertson) when he passes.

Shooting is due to start in Los Angeles on November 24, produced by Lee Nelson,  who made romantic drama Celeste & Jesse Forever and action-thrillers Chained and Freezer.

The screenplay is by Susan McMartin, a TV writer whose credits include Two and a Half Men, Gary Unmarried, Californication and Another World.

Samuel L. Jackson was slated to play the cook but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and Uma Thurman and Juno Temple were originally in the frame to play the mother and daughter.

Robertson, 25, was a regular in TV’s Under the Dome before scoring the female lead opposite George Clooney in Disney’s upcoming mystery-adventure Tomorrowland, directed and co-written by Brad Bird.

Britt plays a bright, optimistic teenager who embarks with Clooney’s character on a dangerous mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known as Tomorrowland.

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