We’ve got some Little Miss Sunshine alumni casting news today: one’s an Oscar-nominated topliner and the other is a BAFTA-nominated addition to an already phenomenal cast. Check out the headlines below:
- Abigail Breslin is set to star in the title role of Final Girl, a thriller from debut director Tyler Shields.
- Paul Dano will join the cast of Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave, a picture that already boasts Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Adepero Oduye and Brad Pitt.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
Deadline reports that Breslin will star in Final Girl as the victim of a group of wild teenage boys who choose her to be part of their final initiation. Unfortunately for them, they chose the wrong girl to pick on. Photographer Shields will direct from a script by Adam Prince based on a story by Steve Scarlata, Alejandro Seri and Johnny Silver. Breslin will lend her voice to the upcoming animated film Zambezia and has started production on inverse-ghost story, Haunter. She’s currently filming the highly-anticipated sci-fi adaptation of Ender’s Game and will then shoot The Hive, opposite Halley Berry.
Deadline also reports that Dano will join Twelve Years a Slave. The film centers on a free black man (Ejiofor) who was lured into the promise of work (playing the violin for a circus) but was drugged, kidnapped and forced to work as a slave on a cotton plantation in Louisiana. Dano will star as one of the cruel slave owners. Twelve Years a Slave is based on the true accounts of Solomon Northup’s novel by the same name, originally published in 1853.