We told you about Zachary Quinto’s next producing gig for his Before The Door Pictures production company, the elevated horror film The Banshee Chapter, a couple of weeks ago; and already some nifty casting news has rolled on in!
From the Press Release
Ted Levine (SHUTTER ISLAND, AMERICAN GANGSTER, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), Katia Winter (ARENA, LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, BARRY BROWN), and Michael McMillian (THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2) will star in the elevated horror feature THE BANSHEE CHAPTER. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.
Zachary Quinto’s (STAR TREK) production company, Before The Door Pictures (BTD), has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (THE LEDGE, FLYPAPER) to produce. Sunchaser’s Stephanie Riggs and BTD’s Corey Moosa are serving as producers while Arnold-Beutel and BTD’s Quinto, Neal Dodson, and Sean Akers are executive producing. The project commences principal photography this week in New Mexico.
THE BANSHEE CHAPTER centers on a young, female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) that had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. Levine plays the role of a rogue counter-culture novelist with a penchant for substance abuse and firearms who leads the journalist into the mystery of dangerous chemical research. A fast-paced blend of fact and fiction, the film is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about programs run by the CIA.
Most recognized for the deep bass tone of his voice, Levine is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood. His numerous film credits include WONDERLAND with Val Kilmer and Kate Bosworth, IRONWEED with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, BETRAYED with Debra Winger and Tom Berenger, HEAT with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, GEORGIA with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mare Winningham, BULLET with Mickey Rourke, WILD, WILD WEST with Will Smith and Kevin Kline; Ivan Reitman’s EVOLUTION with David Duchovny and Julianne Moore, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS with Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, Jonathan Demme’s thriller THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE with Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton; Jonathan Demme’s THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, BIRTH opposite Nicole Kidman; the critically acclaimed MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA; among many others. Levine is represented by Robbie Kass of Kass & Stokes Management.
Swedish born actress Winter studied acting and film editing in London. She found quick success working in British Television and Films including the UK drama UNMADE BEDS (2009), directed by award-winning Alexis Dos Santos and EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE (2011) directed by Mejhad Huda. Winter moved to the US in 2010 and immediately booked the lead female role in ARENA opposite Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Samuel L. Jackson. She just finished shooting the lead role in the independent film HAPPY & BLEEDING alongside Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl). Winter resides in New York, but continues to work in London and Sweden. She is represented by Innovative Artists and Schachter Entertainment in the states and The BWH Agency in the UK.
McMillian has been working steadily in film and television over the past few years, most notably on HBO’s smash hit, “True Blood” as the vampire-hating cult leader, Reverend Steve Newlin. McMillian starred in the 2004 critically acclaimed indie film, DORIAN BLUES as a young man struggling to come out of the closet to his conservative family, before moving on to leading roles in “What I like About You” opposite Amanda Bynes and TNT’s “Saved” with Tom Everett Scott. Other credits include “Veronica Mars,” THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2, “Big Love,” “CSI:NY,” “The Mentalist,” “Firefly,” IMAGINE THAT and “Hot in Cleveland.” McMillian will next be seen in Showtime’s upcoming series, “House of Lies” opposite Don Cheadle. In 2009, McMillian co-wrote wrote and produced the award-winning short film, “Glock” and has recently filmed his directorial debut, the sci-fi short, “Charlie 13” which he also wrote. McMillian co-wrote the full length feature film, “The New Life,” with Kat Coiro, which is currently in development with Coiro attached to direct and is produced by Holly Weirsma. McMillian is also creator/writer of the graphic novel, “LUCID” for Archaia Entertainment and Before the Door Pictures and co-writer of the second “True Blood” comic book series, “True Blood: Tainted Love” for HBO and IDW.
BTD’s graphic novels published with Archaia, LUCID and MR. MURDER IS DEAD, were released at San Diego Comic-Con and will both be widely available on October 11.
As the Creative Director of Omnicom’s high-tech interactive agency “Millions of Us,” Erickson created break-through interactive stories, transmedia experiences, and live-action stories in virtual worlds, short films, and online communities. He wrote and directed an online alternate reality live-action thriller for the TERMINATOR franchise, created several 3D virtual world experiences for Sony’s new Playstation Home, and directed the online live action with animated monsters for DreamWorks’ MONSTERS VS. ALIENS. His diverse array of work for entertainment companies and clients include Warner Bros., Fox, Syfy Channel, E! Entertainment Television, Facebook, Activision, Ubisoft, Discovery, and DreamWorks.
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