Elyse Levesque (Chloe Armstrong) is Jackie in Scott Wiper’s crime drama THE BIG UGLY. British crime boss Harris (Malcolm McDowell) strikes a deal with an old friend, American oilman Preston (Ron Perlman), and the two soon find themselves in the hills of West Virginia celebrating their new enterprise. But the deal sours when the girlfriend of Harris’ enforcer Neelyn, disappears, and the last person she was seen with was Preston’s notoriously unreliable son, Junior (Brandon Sklenar). THE BIG UGLY will release in UK theaters and VOD on 24 July, and will be available in the US on 31 July.
Levesque is also Tamara in THE DARKER THE LAKE, a crime thriller about a normally peaceful town where two detectives are suddenly tasked with solving strange, possibly supernatural murders. Directed by Janice Lo Kwok Woon from a screenplay by Z. Zoccolante (who also appears in the film as a therapist), THE DARKER THE LAKE completed production in Austria’s Salzburg region late last year. No release date has been announced.
David Blue (Eli Wallace) is Sam in the dark comedy A TYPICAL WEDENSDAY. J. Lee (Lt. Commander John LaMarr on THE ORVILLE) writes, directs, and stars in this story about Gabe, an apparently successful man in his 30’s who sets out on an adventure with another patient (9-year-old Alec, played by Cooper J Friedman) whom he meets at his therapist’s office. (Gabe has regular Wednesday appointments.) The film is loosely based on Lee’s personal experiences. Alec convinces Gabe that his mom forgot him at the office, and this sends the two of them on a complex misadventure. A TYPICAL WEDNESDAY is scheduled to be released digitally on 26 June, and is now available for pre-order. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Alaina Huffman (Tamara Johansen) will star as Maggie Cleatone in the dystopian supernatural thriller DEEP FOCUS, a cautionary tale that explores the dangers of deforestation and emerging diseases. A Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist (Huffman) begins to see images of death in her lens, and comes to believe that they are precognitive visions of a coming biological holocaust, which (she believes) will be caused by the same disease that killed her young daughter. Malcolm McDowell plays an enigmatic scientist named Reichfeltz and Bruce Davison will be Father Oren, an Anglican priest. DEEP FOCUS will be directed by Kenneth Mader (CARNIVORE) from his own award-winning screenplay. Production has not yet begun.
Huffman is also Nikki, a former prison inmate awakened from stasis, in eight episodes of the seventh and final season of THE 100. Nikki was a bank robber and killer who is described as “both unpredictable and fierce.” She takes on an unexpected leadership role, advocating for her people in the complicated world of Sanctum. Nikki will make her next appearance in Episode 7.6 (titled “Nakara”, in which Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and her friends find themselves on a planet that is not what it seems). Nakara is due to air on the CW on 24 June.
Julia Benson (Lieutanant Vanessa James) is Suzanne in the romantic comedy LOVE IS A PIECE OF CAKE. Lindsey Gort stars as Jessie Dale, a third-generation baker who loves her cake shop more than anything in the world. When developers threaten to buy her building and force her out, she does all she can to save her bakery, while at the same time nursing a blossoming romance with the brother of a client. Quote from the film: “You always know the kiss that will be your first kiss, but you’ll never know which one will be your last.” Directed by David L Strasser, LOVE IS A PIECE OF CAKE will premiere in Canada on the W Network on Saturday 27 June.
Jamil Walker Smith (Master Sgt. Ronald Greer) will be Tito in CHUCK HANK AND THE SAN DIEGO TWINS, a surrealist action/drama about a turf war that has been raging in Oldtown for generations. On one side is The Syndicate – an evil gang of crank-head misfits. On the other side is the San Diego family, led by twin brothers Tony and Johnny and their sister Salsa (Tasha Dixon). The Syndicate summons a secret weapon from the heavens and breaks the long-standing truce with the San Diego family by kidnapping Salsa and cutting off the town’s supply of Tatsui Power-Up Drinks. Now Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins must decide whether to fight The Syndicate, or surrender and save their sister.
Director Jonathan Keevil told Entertainment Weekly: “We set out to re-create and pay homage to iconic sequences from fighting video games from the 1980s and 1990s but we wanted to also tell a compelling story about brotherhood and family. Through a lot of blood, sweat and tears we were able to create exactly that.” Keely further explained to Indiewire: “…we want to create a visually rich world that honors, but doesn’t exploit, a time when a street fight necessitated brass knuckles, chains, cut-off jean jackets, and HUGE Mohawks.” A trailer is available on YouTube. CHUCK HANK AND THE SAN DIEGO TWINS will be released in the US later this summer.
Louis Ferreira (Colonel Everett Young) will be Paul in the comedy ACTION #1 (a project that’s been in the works since 2012). Based on the true story of how Nicholas Cage lost his copy of Action Comic No. 1 (which features the first appearance of Superman), the film tells the story of a comic book store-owner who assembles five smart and equally geeky associates to make off with the rare 1938 edition. The theft of Cage’s treasure was a big story in 2000. The missing issue was finally located again in 2011 in an abandoned storage locker. Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (RENO 911) wrote the script for ACTION #1, and Alex Fernie directed. (The part of Nicolas Cage is played by Ron Heubel.) Filming was completed in British Columbia last November. There is no word yet on a release date.