Jena Malone (The Hunger Games sequels, Hatfields & McCoys) and Douglas Smith (Terminator: Genisys, Ouija) have landed lead roles the indie horror pic Bottom Of The World for director Richard Sears. Malone and Smith play Scarlett and Alex, a young couple who stop at a desert motel on their way to start a new life in L.A. When she vanishes, Alex desperately tries to find her but is plunged into a nightmarish world where he finally realizes that he must be in a dream — but he is not the dreamer. Ted Levine also has joined the cast as a sinister preacher who taunts Alex at every turn. Brian Gottlieb wrote the pic, which starts shooting September 1 in Ottawa. Malone is repped by Gersh and Hirsch Wallerstein; Smyth is with Paradigm, More/Medavoy Management and Morris Yorn.

Nicholas BraunNicholas Braun (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, At Middleton) has begun filming The Stanford Prison Experiment. The pic directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez from Tim Talbott’s script chronicles the notorious 1971 experiment conducted at Stanford University, in which students played prisoner and guard in a psychological simulation with all-too-real results. Braun, who was attached to this project for the past year, plays Vandy, an abusive and sadistic guard. Braun next appears in the features Kitchen Sink, Poltergeist, Jem And The Holograms and Good Kids. He is repped by UTA and Jackoway Tyerman.

David CoussinsDavid Coussins (Aussie TV’s Woodley and Winners & Losers) has booked a supporting role in Good Kids. Chris McCoy is making his directorial debut from his 2011 Black List script about four high school students look to redefine themselves after graduation. Nicholas Braun, Zoey Deutch, and Israel Broussard star in the pic, which shoots in September in Boston. Coussins, who also appeared on the Australian series The Elephant Princess and Canal Road, is repped by Gersh, Creative Partners Group and Morrisey Management in Australia.