Oscar nominee Bryan Cranston and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening have signed on to star in the original Paramount + film, Jerry and Marge go big. The comedy will be directed by Oscar winner David Frankel and is based on a true story involving a couple from Michigan who won the Massachusetts lottery.
Filming is scheduled to begin in July in Georgia.
The couple’s story initially gained attention following an article by Jason Fagone writing for the Huffington Post. Fagone’s article on Lottery Hackers appeared in 2018 and detailed how Jerry Selbee was able to figure out how and when to buy tickets in order to increase his chances of winning more than he spent. Gil Netter, Tory Metzger and Renee Witt of Levantine Films developed and presented the story of the Selbees in a film, with Emmy nominee Brad Copeland (Development stopped) by writing the screenplay. Producers include Netter, Levantine Films and Amy Baer of MRC Film’s Landline Pictures. Kevin Halloran (Ford vs. Ferrari) product executive.
Paramount + has released the following brief summary:
Jerry and Margo are going big is the remarkable true story of how retiree Jerry Selbee (Cranston) discovers a math loophole in the Massachusetts Lottery and, with the help of his wife, Marge (Bening), wins $ 27 million and uses the money to revive their small town in Michigan.