Malin Akerman (Watchmen, Couples Retreat) is joining Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens in The Ticket, an indie drama about a sightless man (Stevens) who suddenly regains his vision only to be “blinded” by his obsession with the superficial. Akerman is playing the wife Stevens leaves after getting back his sight. Pic is written by Sharon Mashihi and Ido Fluk, with Fluk directing. Filming is underway now in upstate New York. Rampart and The Messenger producers Oren Moverman and Lawrence Inglee are producing. Exec producers are Cave Films’ Dale Brown, Initiate’s Nick Byasse, and Liberty Liquid Films’ Katie Heidy. Akerman is coming off small-screen roles on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, HBO’s The Comeback, and ABC’s Trophy Wife. She recently wrapped filming on horror comedy Final Girls opposite Taissa Farmiga and Nina Dobrev. She’s repped by WME and Caserta-Armstrong Management.

ty simpkinsYoungster Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3, Insidious, Revolutionary Road) will follow his turn in Universal’s dino sequel Jurassic World with psychological drama Meadowland. The feature debut of DP Reed Morano tracks an NYC couple, Sarah (Olivia Wilde) and cop David (Luke Wilson), who are dealing with the crisis of their son’s disappearance. Simpkins will play Adam, a special-needs child who often gets in trouble at school, where Sarah is a teacher. Elizabeth Moss also stars in the film produced by Bron Studios in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance. Matt Tauber and Wilde also are producing, alongside Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Executive producers are Jennifer Levine and Jason Cloth. Simpkins is repped by ICM Partners and Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffelman & Cook.