Selma Blair and Shawnee Smith cast in Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management'
Charlie Sheen's FX sitcom "Anger Management" has cast two new cast members.
Selma Blair and "Saw" actress Shawnee Smith have been cast as Sheen's therapist and ex-wife, respectively, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Filming is slated to begin in March, for a June premiere.
Smith is set to portray Sheen's ex-wife Jennifer, who is billed as a sexy, unstable woman who married young and divorced Sheen's character after years of his cheating.
Smith, 41, is best known for appearing in the "Saw" franchise, "The Grudge 3" and the long-running CBS series, "Becker."
Blair will star as Sheen's neurotic therapist who worked with Sheen's character when he was a professional baseball player and is now his "friend and his therapist with benefits."
Blair rose to fame after appearing in the 1999 film "Cruel Intentions" opposite Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon. She has also appeared in movies like "Legally Blonde," "The Sweetest Thing" and the "Hellboy" franchise.
The 34-year-old actress has also appeared in the TV series "Zoe" and "Kath & Kim."
Anger Management" will be produced by Joe Roth. Roth has produced films like "Mona Lisa Smile" and "Alice in Wonderland." He has been working on a television adaptation of the Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson film "Anger Management" and wanted to cast Sheen in the lead. Sheen and Roth have previously worked together in the films "Major League," "Young Guns" and "Three Musketeers."
In the series, Sheen will be playing a revamped version of Jack Nicholson's character, an ex-athlete who advises people on how to deal with anger issues. The show will be written and executive produced by Bruce Helford, who has written on shows like "Roseanne" and "The Drew Carey Show."
"We think that Bruce Helford, Joe Roth and Charlie Sheen have come up with a wonderful, hilarious vehicle for Charlie's acting talents -- and a character we are very much looking forward to seeing him play," John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks, said in a statement to the magazine. "'Two and a Half Men' has been an outstanding component of FX's schedule for the past 14 months, and we have every confidence that 'Anger Management' will soon be as well."
Lionsgate Television announced in July that they signed on to produce the half-hour comedy through their Debmar-Mercury subsidiary, headed by Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, and that Sheen would have a "significant ownership stake" in the project.
FX ordered 10 episodes of the show and will reportedly pick up another 90 episodes if the series does well.
"I chose 'Anger Management' because, while it might be a big stretch for me to play a guy with serious anger management issues, I think it is a great concept," Sheen said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com in July. "It also provides me with real ownership in the series, a certain amount of creative control and the chance to be back in business with one of my favorite movie producers of all time, Joe Roth."
In September, Sheen reached a settlement with Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre over his $100 million lawsuit for his firing from "Two and a Half Men."
Though the settlement amount was not revealed, the Los Angeles Times reported the amount to be $25 million, while the Hollywood Reporter wrote that Sheen's settlement amount will likely be less but will include the reinstatement of the actor's substantial profit participation on all seasons of "Two and a Half Men," which had been withheld since he was fired.
The 46-year-old actor filed his lawsuit in March, days after he was axed from the hit CBS comedy series following a slew of erratic on-air ramblings against the show's producers and co-creator Chuck Lorre. During his rants, Sheen coined what would become catchphrases among his fans, namely "Duh, winning!" and "Tiger Blood."