At the end of last year we got the early details on a feature adaptation of one of Alterna Comics’ first year titles, The Chair, and now we have an update that includes the film’s first casting news.
From the Press Release:
Pre-production for the film of one of Alterna’s first year titles, THE CHAIR, is well under way with major casting announcements!
Director Chad Ferrin is on board with a screenplay written by Erin Kohut, who edited the graphic novel, which was created and written by Peter Simeti with art by Kevin Christensen.
The first four parts to be filled are as follow:
Bill Oberst, Jr. (pictured above; CHILDREN OF SORROW, CIRCUS OF THE DEAD), has been cast to play the psychotic and sadistic WARDEN. An indie horror icon, Oberst Jr. will have no problem bringing the role to life.
Eric Roberts (THE DARK KNIGHT, THE EXPENDABLES) has been cast to play one of the lead guards, MURPHY. The veteran actor is more than up to task for this role as a sarcastic and brutal guard that takes pride in making RICHARD SULLIVAN’s life a living hell.
Joining Eric Roberts in the prison guard crew, Derrick Damions (THE DAY WE DISAPPEAR, “ONE LIFE TO LIVE”) will portray the crafty and sinister SIMMONS.
Jacob Banser (DIG A HOLE AND DIE) rounds at the cast at this time as he has been cast for the role of JIMMY/BONES, the only inmate in the prison that Sullivan calls a friend.
There are currently several notable actors in talks for other roles, including that of the lead, RICHARD SULLIVAN, the MOTHER, TUDLEY, MR. BATES, guards RILEY and ALVAREZ, and many more.
Below you’ll find side-by-side comparison of the actors and their characters along with the comic’s synopsis. Look for more soon!
Richard Sullivan has spent the past 10 years on death row, witnessing the torture and murder of each of his fellow inmates. As the sole remaining inmate in the prison, Sullivan must find a way to escape his fate or let the insane events of the prison finally consume him.
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