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EXCLUSIVE: Soo Joo Park (Sense8), Brock O’Hurn (The Righteous Gemstones), Bella Thorne (Measure of Revenge), Laird Hamilton (Point Break) and Duke Nicholson (Us) are the latest additions to the cast of the dark comedy The Trainer, which Tony Kaye (American History X) is directing from a script by star Vito Schnabel and Jeff Solomon.

 

The film currently in production, after nearly a decade in development, is based on an original story by Schnabel. Unfolding over eight days of sleep-deprived chaos, it follows Jack (Schnabel), a down-on-his-luck fitness expert living with his mother in Los Angeles, who takes a maniacal swing at fame and fortune, trying to realize his version of the American dream. Julia Fox, Steven Van Zandt, Taylour Paige, Stephen Dorff, John McEnroe, Gina Gershon and Luka Sabbat are also set to star. Details with regard to the characters the newest additions to the cast will be playing are being kept under wraps.

The Trainer is being produced by Schnabel, Kaye and Jeremy Steckler (The Old Man and the Gun, Only the Brave), with George Paaswell (Night House, Jack Goes Boating) serving as exec producer.

Park is an actor, model and DJ who has previously appeared on the Netflix sci-fi series Sense8, and in assorted short films by directors including Sean Baker.

O’Hurn plays God Squad member Torsten on HBO’s comedy series The Righteous Gemstones, and has also recently appeared on the premium cabler’s hit series Euphoria. His film credits include Taylor Chien’s horror film The Resort, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween and its sequel, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. He’ll next appear alongside Tom Ellis, Gina Rodriguez, Damon Wayans Jr. and more in Trish Sie’s romantic comedy, Players.

Thorne is an actor, writer, director and singer who can currently be seen opposite Melissa Leo in Peyfa’s thriller Measure of Revenge, and will next be seen in Graham and Parker Phillips’ thriller Rumble Through the Dark, with Aaron Eckhart. She’s previously appeared in films including Chick Fight, Ride, Midnight Sun, Assassination Nation, The Babysitter, Amityville: The Awakening, Boo! A Madea Halloween, The DUFF, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and Blended. Her TV credits include Paradise City, Famous in Love, Shake It Up, Big Love, My Own Worst Enemy and Dirty Sexy Money.

Hamilton is a big-wave surfer, stunt man, model, producer, TV host and pioneer in the world of action water sports, as well as an author who released his first book, Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and, Of Course, Surfing via Rodale Books in 2008, seeing it hit the New York Times’ Bestseller list within two weeks of publication. He also penned the 2017 cookbook Fuel Up and co-authored 2019’s Life Rider: Heart, Body, Soul, and Life Beyond the Ocean with Julian Borra. Hamilton has previously appeared in a number of feature films and surfing documentaries including Radical Attitude, Wake Up Call, Step into Liquid and Riding Giants, where he also served as executive producer. He also performed as a stunt man and surfer in The Descendants, Waterworld, Die Another Day and Warner Bros.’ 2015 remake of Point Break.

Nicholson will next star alongside Pamela Anderson, Ashley Benson, Luis Guzmán, Paris Hilton and more in Jimmy Giannopoulos’ quarantine horror film, 18 & Over. Past projects include the Nicholas Jarecki thriller Crisis, with Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer and Evangeline Lilly, and Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller Us, with Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and more.

Park is represented by Nomad and manager Susan Yoo; O’Hurn by RHM; and Thorne by CAA and Thirty Three Management.

Source: deadline.com




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EXCLUSIVE: Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the psychological thriller Measure of Revenge, starring Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter, The Equalizer 2), Bella Thorne (Midnight Sun, The Babysitter) and Jake Weary (It Follows, Animal Kingdom), slating it for a day-and-date release on March 18.

In the debut feature of Malaysian helmer Peyfa, Broadway actress Lillian Cooper (Leo) is making her final on-stage appearance when her famous son, Curtis (Weary), is found dead. When his death is ruled as an accidental overdose, a suspicious Lillian decides to take matters into her own hands. On a quest for answers, she strikes up an unlikely alliance with her son’s drug dealer, Taz (Thorne), setting in motion a bloody warpath to uncover the truth, inspired by the characters she portrayed on stage.

Measure of Revenge also stars Roma Maffia (Disclosure), Adrian Martinez (The Guilty, Focus) and Benedict Samuel (The Walk). Jen Gatien (Midnight Sun, Limelight) produced with Peter Wong (Clemency, Malignant) and Timur Bekbosunov (Color Out of Space, Come Away) for ACE Pictures Entertainment. Johnny Chang, Bronwyn Cornelius and Emma Lee exec produced, with Jay Cannold co-producing.

“Melissa steps into this role of a grieving and relentless mother seeking justice for her son with such ease that it draws the viewer deeply into her journey and keeps you captivated and rooting for her every step of the way,” said Vertical Entertainment Partner Peter Jarowey.

“We are excited to partner up with Vertical Entertainment on Measure of Revenge to release a film that is an emotional and thrilling experience filled with mystery and surprise,” added Gatien, Wong and Bekbosunov in a joint statement. “Melissa Leo delivers a powerful and energetic performance in the role of a mother hellbent on revenge, forming great screen chemistry with the immensely talented Bella Thorne. We can’t wait for audiences to discover the film.”

ACE Pictures Entertainment is a film production and investment company, with a focus on genre fare. Chang leads its team as CEO, with Wong as President, Lee as VP of Business Affairs and Bekbosunov as VP of Creative Affairs. Since its 2017 launch, the company has provided full financing and production services for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Clemency, starring Alfre Woodard, which was released by Neon and Focus Features; the dark Sundance comedy Blush, starring Wendi McLendon-Covey; the documentary M for Magic about the world-renowned Magic Castle; the supernatural thriller Daniel Isn’t Real, starring Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miles Robbins, released by Samuel Goldwyn and sold internationally by Voltage; and the horror cult hit Color Out of Space, directed by Richard Stanley and starring Nicolas Cage, which was released by RLJ Entertainment and sold internationally by XYZ. ACE Pictures also provided partial financing for the fantastical drama Come Away, directed by Brenda Chapman and starring Angelina Jolie, which was released by Relativity Media, and James Wan’s horror film Malignant.

Vertical Entertainment is a global independent distributor, which was founded in 2012. Other upcoming releases from the company include the SXSW & Venice prize winner Topside; the Sundance thriller Emily the Criminal, starring Aubrey Plaza, which it co-acquired with Roadside Attractions; Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr.’s Independent Spirit Award-nominated Wild Indian, starring Michael Greyeyes and Chaske Spencer; Krystin Ver Linden’s Alice, starring Keke Palmer, Common, Gaius Charles and Jonny Lee Miller, which premiered at Sundance 2022; and romantic comedy The Hating Game, starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell.

Tony Piantedosi negotiated the deal for Measure of Revenge on behalf of Vertical Entertainment, with Bekbosunov and CAA on behalf of ACE Pictures. Leo is represented by APA and The Initiative Group; Thorne by CAA, Thirty Three Management and Strategic Public Relations; and Weary by Gersh, Management 360 and Shafran PR.

Source: deadline.com




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