Stana Katic and Odette Yustman Join Spy Thriller THE DOUBLE

     June 10, 2010

Michael Brandt’s The Double has gotten a double-dose of hotness as Stana Katic (ABC’s Castle) and Odette Yustman (The Unborn) have joined the cast of the upcoming spy thriller.  The story follows a retired CIA operative (Richard Gere) who partners with a young FBI agent (Topher Grace) to track down the killer of a senator.  Stephen Moyer (True Blood) signed on to the project earlier this week.

Katic will play “a feisty Russian prostitute who fiercely protects key information.”  You had me at “feisty Russian prostitute.”  As for Yustman, she’ll being playing “Grace’s character’s wife, a strong woman who raises a family while coping with her husband’s Bureau career.”  Filming is set to begin June 21st in Detroit.  Hit the jump for images of these two actresses being all sexy and stuff.

Update: We were just given the full press release.  Hit the jump to check it out

KATIC AND YUSTMAN JOIN

HYDE PARK ENTERTAINMENT

AND IMAGENATION ABU DHABI’S

SPY THRILLER ‘THE DOUBLE’

Richard Gere, Topher Grace, and Stephen Moyer Co-Star in

Scribe Michael Brandt’s Directorial Debut

Los Angeles, CA (June 10, 2010)—Stana Katic and Odette Yustman have joined Richard Gere, Topher Grace, and Stephen Moyer in writer Michael Brandt’s directorial debut project THE DOUBLE. Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group and Imagenation Abu Dhabi are producing the sophisticated and elevated spy thriller based on an original script from Brandt and his writing partner Derek Haas (WANTED, 3:10 TO YUMA).

Amritraj and Hyde Park Executive VP of Production Patrick Aiello will produce along with Haas and Industry Entertainment’s Andrew Deane.  Imagenation Abu Dhabi Chairman Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei and CEO Edward Borgerding will serve as executive producers along with COO Stefan Brunner who will be an associate producer.  Aiello brought in the project at Hyde Park and will shepherd production with principal photography beginning June 21st in Detroit, Michigan.

Story kicks-off with the mysterious murder of a Senator in Washington D.C. bearing the distinguished marks of a Soviet assassin, code-named Cassius, who was long thought to be dead.  To hunt down the killer, a retired CIA operative (Gere), who spent his career going toe-to-toe with his Soviet nemeses, is teamed with a young FBI agent (Grace). Katic plays a feisty Russian prostitute who fiercely protects key information; while Yustman has the role of Grace’s character’s wife, a strong woman who raises a family while coping with her husband’s Bureau career.

Katic is currently starring alongside Nathan Fillion in the ABC hit series “Castle.” “Castle” follows the lives of crime-thriller novelist Rick Castle (Fillion) and young, type-A NY detective Kate Beckett (Katic). She recently wrapped production on the Polish Brothers’ upcoming film FOR LOVERS ONLY. Her other credits include THE SPIRIT opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes; and QUANTUM OF SOLACE with Daniel Craig.

Yustman is starring opposite Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, and Kristin Chenoweth in Disney’s upcoming comedy YOU AGAIN. Yustman’s other credits include Universal’s horror thriller THE UNBORN; J.J. Abrams’s action monster movie CLOVERFIELD; and the small screen drama “October Road.”

Hyde Park International, headed by president Mimi Steinbauer, is representing Worldwide rights for the film.

Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment and Imagenation Abu Dhabi partnered in November 2008 on a $250 million financing deal to develop, produce and distribute up to 20 feature films over seven years – with additional financing for the production of local language and cross-cultural films.  In October 2009, they extended their partnership to create a strategic alliance with Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA).  Under the deal, Hyde Park Imagenation Singapore was launched to fund three to four films a year worth an estimated production value of 75 million USD over the next five years.

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