EXCLUSIVE: Actress Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards, You’re Next) has been cast in Equals, the futuristic love story from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breathe In) starring Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart and X-Men‘s Nicholas Hoult.
The hot Cannes 2014 sales project is set in a future society where emotions have been eradicated. A new breed of humans, called Equals, live peacefully until a disease begins activating emotions in its victims, who are sent away and never seen again. Hoult is set to star as Silas, who becomes infected and is outcast until he connects with Nia (Stewart), another “switched on” Equal who is able to hide her emotions. Sheil will play Kate, a fellow co-worker of Silas and Nia. Guy Pearce signed on last month to the pic, which is gearing up for an August shoot in Japan and Singapore and was scripted by Moon writer Nathan Parker. Producers are Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins of Route One which is also financing. Exec producers are Mike Pruss, Lee Jea Woo, Choi Pyung Ho and Russell Levine.
New York-based Sheil was introduced last season on Netflix’s drama House of Cards as Lisa Williams, the social worker who befriends Rachel Posner and becomes her live-in lover. The actress and writer stars next opposite The Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr in romantic thriller The Heart Machine from director Zachary Wigon, as well as Sundance pic Listen Up Philip opposite Elizabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman, which Tribeca Film will open in October.
Indie audiences know Sheil’s work with emerging filmmakers Ti West (The Sacrament, VHS), Amy Seimetz (Sun Don’t Shine), Adam Wingard (You’re Next), Robert Byington (Somebody Up There Likes Me), Rick Alverson (The Comedy), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Sophia Takal (Green), Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel) and Lawrence Michael Levine (Gabi on the Rooftop). She’s repped by CAA and One Entertainment.