Matthew Ross’ romantic thriller Siberia starring Keanu Reeves has added Pasha Lychnikoff (Shameless, Ray Donovan), Ana Ularu (Inferno, NBC’s Emerald City) and Molly Ringwald to its cast as production commences. Written by Scott B. Smith based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel, the pic follows Lucas (Reeves), an American diamond merchant, who travels to Russia and falls into an obsessive relationship with Katya (Ularu), a Russian cafe owner, in a small Siberian town. As their passion builds, so does the treacherous world of the diamond trade. Hamel and Reeves of Company Films, Gabriela Bacher of Summerstorm/Film House Germany, Dave Hansen and Braden Aftergood are producing. Cassian Elwes helped arrange financing and is executive producing with Wayne Godfrey and Robert Jones of The Fyzz; Simon Williams of Ingenious; Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann of Film House; Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros of Zeal; and Phyllis Laing and Jeff Beesley of Buffalo Gals. Lychnikoff, repped by INSURGE-Ent, will play Boris Volkov, chief antagonist to Reeves’ character. Ularu is repped by UTA, Ringwald is with Barking Dog Entertainment and Untitled. IM Global is handling international sales.
Caprica actress Magda Apanowicz has been tapped as the female lead in the Smith Brothers’ sci-fi thriller Volition. She joins Adrian Glynn McMorran, John Cassini, Frank Cassini, and Bill Marchant in the pic is about a man, afflicted with clairvoyance, who tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own murder. Tony Dean and Ryan W. Smith are producing with Paly Productions, Inc and filming is slated to being in June. Apanowicz’s credits include Simon Barry’s Continuum, The Green Inferno from Eli Roth, and ABC Family’s Kyle XY. She’s repped by Global Artists Agency and Pacific Artists Management.