Neil Patrick Harris Turns “Beastly,” “Best”

He did a great job hosting this year’s Tony Awards, now actor Neil Patrick Harris has landed two new gigs – a lead role in the indie comedy “The Best and the Brightest” and a supporting role in “Beastly” for CBS Films says The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Best’ revolves around a couple (Harris, Bonnie Somerville) from Delaware who move to New York’s Upper East Side and enter the world of the city’s private kindergartens where the class-aware wife feels out of place.

Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, Peter Serafinowicz, Bridget Regan, Kate Mulgrew and Christopher McDonald also star in the film co-written and directed by Josh Shelov.

Richard Schiffrin, Nicholas Simon, Robert and Patricia Weiser will produce. Michael Jaeger co-wrote the script and shooting recently began in Philadelphia.

‘Beastly’ is a modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” in which Harris is playing a blind tutor who helps and bonds with a teen (Alex Pettyfer) who is shellshocked from being turned into a hideous young man.

Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen also star in the adaptation of the Alex Finn novel, being directed by Daniel Barnz. Pre-production is underway in Montreal.