Disney Channel alum Bella Thorne will star with Kian Lawley and Alex Neustaedter in Shovel Buddies, the 2013 Black List script by Jason Mark Hellerman that AwesomenessTV has set up with Film 360. The film, which has just begun shooting in California, revolves around four teens who must conquer a “shovel list” of activities left behind by their recently deceased friend. Anton Starkman Philip Labes and James C. Burns co-star and English duo Si & Ad are directing. A day-and-date theatrical and VOD release is planned for the latest full-length pic being created by DreamWorks Animation-owned Awesomeness, which just inked a multi-picture deal with YouTube as it ramps up its feature film business. Thorne is repped by WME and LBI Entertainment, Lawley by CAA and Big Frame.
Casting continues for The Belko Experiment, the Greg McLean-helmed horror pic that was written and is being produced by Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn. Gunn has been leaking out a new role a day for the MGM thriller. The latest is David Del Rio, who will play a snarky young man with a wicked sense of humor and a key component in the panic of the employees at a San Paulo office building who are mysteriously forced to either start killing one another or be killed. John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, Michael Rooker, Melonie Diaz and John C. McGinley are among those already aboard. Del Rio, repped by APA and Primary Wave Entertainment, is next up in Undrafted with Chace Crawford and Aaron Tveit.