Thursday, 1 September 2016

Luke Evans set for State Like Sleep

Indie drama State Like Sleep has been through a few casting changes, but is finally in production. Now news arrives via Variety that Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) has joined the cast to play a shady businessman.

The film finds a woman (Katherine Waterston) digging into the circumstances of her husband's death. Along the way, she encounters the sleazy owner of the mysterious club Lebellfleur, which turns out to be a secret high class gentleman's club brimming with secrets.

State Like Sleep looks at the basic need for human connection and love. The title refers not only to a doctor's inadequate yet poetic description of what it's like to be in a coma, but also to the psychological state you can enter when dealing with trauma – emotionally closed off but acutely conscious, a blank exterior housing a rich interior life. The story enables this surreal state by pairing spiritual damage with awkward humour, thrill with mystery, and sexual spectacle. State Like Sleep finds love and hope in unexpected places as it travels through the ups and downs of mourning and loss.

State Like Sleep, which already has Michael Shannon (The Iceman) on board, features a script by Meredith Danluck (North Of South, West Of East) and is already rolling the cameras in Toronto.

As for Evans, he will next be seen in Tate Taylor's (The Help) thriller The Girl On The Train, which arrives here on 7 October.

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