Friday, February 15, 2013

Brett Easton Ellis Project 'The Curse of Downers Grove' Nabs Young Talent

By Liza Foreman

Award-winning indie filmmaker Derick Martini has teamed up with Brett Easton Ellis on the new psychological thriller “The Curse Of Downers Grove.”

The film, currently in development, will begin production in the spring. Martini will direct.

Bella Heathcote (pictured) will star. The actress is the winner of the Heath Ledger Scholarship Award and one of Variety’s Top Ten Actors to Watch. She recently starred in Tim Burton’s "Dark Shadows" and David Chase’s “Not Fade Away.”

She will star in the film with Lucas Till (“X-Men: First Class,” “Stoker”) who recently wrapped on “Paranoia” where he stars opposite Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth. Penelope Mitchell (“Hemlock Grove”) will also take a leading role.

The story is set in a small midwestern town gripped by a curse that claims the life of one high school senior every year. Chrissie Swanson, played by Heathcote, fears she is the next victim of The Curse of Downers Grove.

Heathcote is repped by Medavoy Management and WME, as well as Joanna Milosz in Australia who is also Penelope Mitchell’s Australian agent. Till and Mitchell are both with APA. Till is also repped by Tom Sullivan at WCM Management. Additional cast members to be announced.

The producers are Jason Dubin, Oren Segal and Chiara Trento.

The film is fully financed through private equity.

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