German actress Veronica Ferres (Sans famille, Les Misérables, Schtonk) has joined the cast of Pay the Ghost, the Nicolas Cage supernatural thriller set to start lensing this week in Toronto. German helmer Uli Edel (The Baader Minhof Complex) is helming the pic, about a professor (Cage) who reunites with his estranged wife to track down the vengeful ghost who took their son years ago during a Halloween parade. Ferres will play a fellow professor and mentor to Cage who helps in the parents’ search for their child. The veteran actress has been making her way stateside in films like Adam Resurrected opposite Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe and the upcoming the Toronto title Hector and the Search for Happiness, opposite Simon Pegg. Script is by Dan Kay, based on the short story by novelist Tim Lebbon. Voltage will be selling the film at TIFF. Ferres is repped by Resolution.
Awkward‘s Brett Davern is shooting a role in Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s Tim Talbott-scripted The Stanford Prison Experiment, about the infamous 1971 psychological tests in which college students played the roles of prisoners and guards, with disturbing results. Davern is playing Hubbie Whitlow, an affable young participant who plans a failed escape attempt and suffers grueling humiliation at the hands of sadistic guards. He currently stars on MTV’s Awkward and will next play Carl Wilson in the Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy, which premieres this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival. He’s repped by APA, Alchemy Entertainment and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder.
Karim Saleh (The Attack, The Imperialists Are Still Alive!), Mona Hala (Cairo Time), and Waleed Zuaiter (Omar) are set to star in Namour, the feature debut of writer-director Heidi Saman. Story follows Steven (Saleh), a young valet driver for a fashionable Los Angeles restaurant who fears that his temporary gig has somehow become permanent and what he took for a postcollege rut is turning into his future. Saman developed the script at the Sundance Labs and successfully Kickstarted a $26,275 campaign last year. Filming starts on location today in the City of Angels. Saman’s a filmmaker whose 2008 short The Maid premiered at Cannes. She currently serves as associate producer on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Namour is produced by Saman and Twice Told Film’s Matthew Keene Smith and executive produced by Kristin Fairweather.