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Cranium gives dark comedy Mangus! a green light

Cranium Entertainment announced today that Ash Christian (Fat Girls) and Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Devil’s Advocate, Scream 3) will produce the dark comedy Mangus!, which Christian also wrote and will direct.

Matarazzo will also star in Mangus!, along with Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde, Best in Show), Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace), Deborah Theaker (A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration) and introducing Ryan Nelson Boggus as Mangus. Production started January 22 in Waxahachie, Texas and is scheduled for a 3-week shoot.

Mangus Spedgwick has had one dream his whole life… He wants to be Jesus – in his high school’s annual production of “Jesus Christ Spectacular” that is. When unforeseen circumstances strike, Mangus loses the role, which was a Spedgewick family tradition. Will he get to be their town’s first crippled Jesus? Not without a hard fight, a road trip and breaking the law a few times along the way.