Henry Jaglom is looking forward to unveiling a heretofore unseen Noah Wyle when his “Queen of the Lot” hits screens, beginning in October. Says the esteemed indie filmmaker, “He totally breaks that ‘ER’ image. He shows enormous depth and has a quality about him like those old movie stars – Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda – a kind of earnestness and charm.”
Speaking of his leading lady, Tanna Frederick, Jaglom adds that Wyle also “sparks with Tanna to an amazing degree. She’s really met her match here.”
That sparking ignited tabloid reports that had the “Queen of the Lot” couple continuing their burning passion off camera, particularly as Wyle and his wife of 11 years separated last year. However, Jaglom is quick to say, “They made that up. Nobody was more surprised than Noah and Tanna to see that. It’s kind of a tribute to their chemistry; people would like it to be real.”
We erred the other day in indicating that Noah, as well as some others in the ”Queen of the Lot” cast, were playing themselves. He’s playing the kind of reporter who covers celebrity scandals, as a matter of fact. Jaglom stresses, “I surrounded Tanna and Noah with such a great supporting cast, I want to be sure they get credit.” That cast includes Peter Bogdanovich, playing a “down on his luck director” who is a member of the multi-generational Hollywood family at the heart of the movie. The matriarch is played by Kathryn Crosby, a.k.a. Kathryn Grant, a.k.a. Bing Crosby’s widow. Mary Crosby is playing the daughter. Dennis Christopher of “Breaking Away” also has a role.
“It’s a backstage look at the breakdown of the Hollywood studio system through this family.” And Frederick’s starlet character, Margie – who now goes by Maggie — is “a young woman trying to figure out a way to reconstitute it,” Jaglom says.
“Queen of the Lot” is the sequel to Jaglom’s 2007 “Hollywood Dreams,” which has acquired a cult following thanks to Tanna’s fearless performance and Jaglom’s way with Hollywood insider content. Don’t be surprised if there’s a third Maggie film. First, though, he’s making the movie version of his play “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway” – shooting now – with Tanna starring and Mary also in the cast.