EXCLUSIVE: Supergirl star Melissa Benoist has just closed a deal to star in Lowriders, the pic from Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Imagine Entertainment. The film takes takes place in the East L.A. world of lowrider cars and street tagging. Ricardo de Montreuil is on board to direct Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping’s script. Previous drafts were written by Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James.
Benoist’s casting as Lorelai — previously Lily Collins and Nicola Peltz had been in talks for the role — reteams her with Whiplash producer Blumhouse. She played Miles Teller’s girlfriend in that pic, which earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Demian Bichir, Eva Longoria, Tony Revolori, Gabriel Chavarria, Theo Rossi and Yvette Monreal also star in Lowriders, which centers on a teenager caught between his traditional father and estranged gangbanger brother who are both competing in the annual lowrider “Supershow.”
Imagine’s Brian Grazer is producing with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol are executive producing. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman are overseeing the project for Imagine, with Couper Samuelson overseeing for Blumhouse.
Benoist’s film credits include The Longest Ride, Danny Collins and Band Of Robbers and on the TV side Glee and of course she toplines Supergirl, the new CBS drama series that premieres in November. She is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt, Kurnit.