EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment and Mayhem Pictures have set Californication’s Addison Timlin and War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine to star in Fallen, an adaptation of Lauren Kate’s best selling YA novel series. Shine helmer Scott Hicks is set to direct. Kathryn Price and Nicole Millard adapted and Michael Ross wrote the most recent draft. Lotus is financing, handling foreign sales, and producing with Mayhem Pictures.
Fallen is the first in a four-part series, a Gothic romantic thriller that centers around Luce (Timlin), a shy teen who is suspected of killing a boy and is sent to Sword and Cross reform school. The school is filled with frequent supernatural occurrences and it becomes clear that the majority of students are fallen angels on the side of good or evil. A battle commences and a love story with deadly consequences for Luce is formed with two male students who have dark secrets of their own. Kate’s followup novels, Torment, Passion and Rapture, were also big bestsellers. Mayhem’s Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray are producing with Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel of Lotus Entertainment. Silver Reel’s Claudia Bluemhuber is exec producer and Campbell McInnes of Lotus is overseeing the project. The producers are currently in discussions with domestic distributors, with CAA handling that deal. Timlin, last seen in Stand Up Guys, just wrapped the Ryan Murphy-Jason Blum-produced The Town That Dreaded Sundown for MGM. She’s repped by Management 360 and Gersh. Irvine and Hicks are repped by CAA.