We first told you about the new film from the director of the 2010 Australian supernatural film Needle, John V. Soto, entitled The Reckoning, way back in October; and we now have an update on the film’s progression for you!
From the Press Release
Jonathan LaPaglia (pictured) and Luke Hemsworth will star in the crime thriller THE RECKONING, written and to be directed by John V. Soto (NEEDLE, CRUSH), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning Entertainment, who is set to handle international sales rights to the film.
THE RECKONING will start principal photography on April 29th on location in Australia. Deidre Kitcher (NEEDLE, CRUSH) is producing. Robert Lundberg, Greg Coote, David Calvert-Jones, Roger Savill, and Kim Savill will executive produce the film.
The story revolves around a detective who discovers footage at a murder scene, shot by two teenagers, that provides clues to the identity of a killer. The teens have since gone missing, and as the detective retraces their journey, he soon uncovers a trail of deceit and murder that leads all the way back to him.
Kitcher says that the thriller is “best described as MEMENTO meets KALIFORNIA.”
A Filmscope Entertainment production, the film is co-financed by ScreenWest, Fulcrum, and private investors.
Australian born Jonathan LaPaglia is the younger brother of Anthony LaPaglia. He got his first break in 1996, when he joined the cast of TV show “New York Undercover.” He recently returned to Australia to star as Hector in the TV adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ novel The Slap produced for ABC TV and to play the title character of real life crime boss Anthony “Rooster” Perish in Channel Nine’s “Underbelly: Badness.” From 1998 until 2001 he played the role of Lt. Frank B. Parker on UPN’s science fiction series “Seven Days.” Afterwards he played Detective Kevin Debreno, on “The District” from 2001–2004. LaPaglia has also guest starred in numerous series including “The Sopranos,” “NCIS,” “Cold Case,” and “Castle.” LaPaglia will play the lead role of Detective Robbie Green in THE RECKONING.
The brother of Chris and Liam Hemsworth, Luke is an Australian actor who has appeared in a number of Australian TV series including “Blue Heelers,” “Last Man Standing,” All Saints,” and “Satisfaction.” In 2012 he starred in the 6-part miniseries “Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms” as Gregory “Shadow” Campbell, which aired on Network 10. He will be playing the role of Detective Jason Pearson in THE RECKONING.
John V. Soto is a writer/director whose past films include the supernatural thrillers NEEDLE (2011) and CRUSH (2009). NEEDLE stars Ben Mendelsohn (KILLING THEM SOFTLY), Nathaniel Buzolic (“The Vampire Diaries”), and Travis Fimmel (THE EXPERIMENT). The film was released in North America by Lionsgate and won numerous awards at various film festivals around the world. Soto’s previous genre film, CRUSH, was selected for the Shanghai Film Festival in 2009 and released by Phase 4 Films in North America.
Lightning’s current film slate includes: FREEZER, the action thriller starring Dylan McDermott and Peter Facinelli; HEALING, Craig Monahan’s new feature film starring Hugo Weaving; the Australian adventure thriller THE JUNGLE directed by Andrew Traucki; and SCORNED, the revenge thriller starring Anna Lynne McCord and Billy Zane.
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