IFC Films has booked U.S. rights to The Stanford Prison Experiment, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance. Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s drama is based on Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo’s social experiment using college kids as prison guards and inmates that became one of the most shocking and famous of all time. It stars Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons and Olivia Thirlby. “Alvarez has created a riveting drama with an extraordinary cast of both established and breakthrough actors working at the top of their game,” says Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP Acquisitions and Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.
JB Blanc has joined the cast of Todd Philipps’ Arms And The Dudes, starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Based on the Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson, it story follows two unlikely arms dealers who secured a $300 million contract to supply weapons for U.S. allies in Afghanistan. They soon found themselves in danger abroad and in trouble back home because they were completely out of their depth. Blanc will play Bashkim, the right-hand man of Teller’s character. A busy voice actor, his recent credits include toon series Beware The Batman and Peter Rabbit and along with Showtime’s Shameless. Repped by the Coronel Group, he next appears in HBO’s The Brink.