Casting Call: Toni Collette and Dev Patel Join DEFIANT; Richard Jenkins Signs on for ONE SQUARE MILE

     April 23, 2012

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Toni Collette and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) have joined the cast of the thriller Defiant.  The film is based on the true story of a double honor killing in India.  Muslim men are allowed to marry non-Muslim women per Islamic law (in order to “take over the reproductive capabilities of the enemy), but Muslim women are not allowed to marry non-Muslim men.  In May of 2011, two Muslim women allegedly killed their daughters because they had eloped and married migrant Bihari Hindu laborers.

Deadline reports that Patel will play Hari, “a young man who is, along with his girlfriend, trying to escape vengeful parents who want to kill the lovers to stop them marrying.”  Colette will play a journalist covering the story who is drawn into danger.  Bill Bennett is set to direct, and the project will be shopped to buyers at Cannes.  Collette is currently filming Hitchcock and Patel stars in Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series The Newsroom, which premieres this summer.  Hit the jump for casting news regarding Richard Jenkins.

cameron-bright-one-square-mileAdditionally, it was announced today that Richard Jenkins and Cameron Bright (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) have joined the cast of the drama One Square Mile.  The story centers on a disenfranchised teen (Bright) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a reclusive track coach (Jenkins), “angry at the world with no purpose in life.”  Charles-Olivier Michaud (Snow & Ashes) is set to direct from a script by Josh Campbell and Jeff Van Wie.  Production is set to begin this August, possibly in Seattle.  Read the press release below.

LOS ANGELES, CA(April 23, 2012)-  Academy Award-nominated actor Richard Jenkins (“The Visitor”) and Cameron Bright (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) have joined the cast of Charles-Olivier Michaud’s latest drama ONE SQUARE MILE. Written by scribes Josh Campbell and Jeff Van Wie, the film will be produced by Howard Burd and Micah Sparks of Phoenix Rising Motion Pictures, and Deborah Moore of Inner Primary Entertainment. Martin Harmon is executive producing for Phoenix Rising Motion Pictures. International sales are being handled by Lawrence Meyers, Bobby Meyers and Peter Rowley of Meyers Media Group. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in August with Seattle, Washington as a possible location.

ONE SQUARE MILE is ahighly charged, emotional story of a disenfranchised teen (Bright) living on the wrong side of the tracks. Desperate for a way out, his life collides with an old reclusive track coach (Jenkins), angry at the world with no purpose in life. The two form a reluctant bond that forces them to face their circumstances as they race to save each other and ultimately – themselves.

“We felt the writers always had Richard in mind when we were developing the script, and we couldn’t be happier now that he is on board,” said Burd. “Having Cameron Bright play opposite Richard is a strong acting combination that will produce a compelling and inspirational film that people will want to watch over and over again.”

This will be director Charles-Olivier Michaud’s first English-language film since hisSNOW & ASHES won the Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film at Slamdance in 2010.  Michaud, who is from Quebec, has recently helmed the French-language romance SUR LE RYTHME.

ONE SQUARE MILE is one of the titles Meyers Media Group will be representing at the upcoming Cannes Film Market, with additional titles for their slate still to be announced.

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