Sunday, 25 September 2016

Jon Bernthal and Imogen Poots set for Sweet Virginia

Director Jamie Dagg (River) is sticking with the thriller genre for his next film, Sweet Virginia and he is currently busy lining up the cast. News arrives via Deadline that Jon Bernthal (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Imogen Poots (Filth), Christopher Abbott (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) and Odessa Young (Looking For Grace) have joined the roster.

Bernthal is playing a motel owner with a dark past, who strikes up an unlikely (and unknowing) friendship with a young hitman who is responsible for a series of killings that has gripped a small town. As for what anyone else's character will be doing, Deadline's report doesn't specify. So perhaps Poots is playing a local woman who falls for Abbott, or even a competing assassin? For now though, your guess is as good as ours.

Dagg is currently rolling the cameras, with Ben and Paul China (Crawl) providing the script, which landed on the Black List when it was first written. That hasn't always been the most reliable indicator of the final film's quality, but it is certainly a start.

Bernthal, of course, most recently appeared as Frank 'The Punisher' Castle in Season 2 of Daredevil and is preparing to return to the role in a spin-off about Castle himself. Poots is part of the cast for Cameron Crowe's (Almost Famous) Roadies, which is nearing the end of its first season. Abbott was a recurring character on Girls and will next be seen in Wayne Roberts' directorial debut Katie Says Goodbye. As for DeWitt, she will pop up in Damien Chazelle's (Whiplash) La La Land, while Young has worked on streaming service drama pilot When The Street Lights Go On.

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