Spader Puts On Rodriguez’s Shorts

James Spader, Jon Cryer, William H. Macy and Leslie Mann have joined Robert Rodriguez’s family comedy adventure “Shorts” for Warner Bros. Pictures says the trades.

The story is set in a suburb where all the houses look the same and everyone works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated, manufacturer of a communication do-it-all gadget. Chaos follows when an 11-year-old boy is hit in the head with a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it.

Jimmy Bennett (“Star Trek”), Kat Dennings (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”),Trevor Gagnon (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”), Leo Howard (“G.I. Joe”), Devon Gearhart (“Changeling”), Rebel Rodriguez (“Planet Terror”), and Jake Short and Jolie Vanier also star.

Cryer and Mann play the boy’s parents while Dennings is the boy’s older sister. Spader is Mr. Black while Macy is the father of a germophobic genius.

Rodriguez helms from his own screenplay and will serve as editor, VFX supervisor and director of photography. Production is about to begin in Austin, Texas.