— Katherine McPhee, season 5's American Idol runner-up, has signed on to star in an independent film, entitled "The Last Caller". According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is "a coming-of-age tale about a self-obsessed woman (McPhee) who searches for love, hope and meaning during a few random events with other urban seekers."
The film is supposedly a dark romantic comedy, which is probably the reason the film is independent (big-budget Hollywood romantic comedies tend to be of the "light" variety). This will be the first starring role for McPhee, who has acted before on stage and has appeared in one film, the 2006 movie "Crazy".
"The Last Caller" was written Michael Albanese, whose only IMDB credits are for directing seven episodes of the 1981 talk show, "Signature". Wonder where he's been all these years. McPhee is taking a risk with this career move, some might say, because starring in a small independent film could be off-putting for her fan base, depending on the content.
This will be the first big film project for any former Idol since the abomination that was "From Justin 2 Kelly". Frankly, of all the former Idol contestants, Kat McPhee is probably the best suited for a film/acting career. She has a history on stage, she is young, her music career isn't so successful that acting isn't worth a shot and, well, she's really attractive. Pretty good combo.
Independent films are more or less a crap shoot, however, and McPhee probably isn't a big enough celebrity to give the film a ton of exposure on her own. It's going to have to stand on its own merits.
By the way, if you were one of the lucky people to see Knocked Up this weekend, you were treated to a hilariously self-deprecating cameo by Ryan Seacrest. We're not going to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it, but it's good.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
(Image Courtesy of AmericanIdol.com)