Vine star star Matthew Espinosa has signed on to star in CDS Films’ upcoming still untitled comedy-drama feature film. It tells the story of fictional teen pop star Jordan Jay (Espinosa) who, at the height of his fame, abandons his sold-out tour and runs away to a small town, where he meets Emily, a rebellious local girl who wants nothing to do with him.
Joining Espinosa in the film are Sarah Jeffery, Tava Smiley, Caitlin Keats, LaMonica Garrett (Sons Of Anarchy) and Allison Paige. Directed by Joshua Caldwell (Layover) from a script by Lamar Damon, it’s executive produced by Espinosa and CDS’ Jeff Levin. Angelique Hanus serves as co-producer, while Gary Binkow and Amee McNaughton will produce for CDS Films. The film will be the third from CDS Films, the film division of Collective Digital Studio, following Natural Born Pranksters, planned for day-and-date release in 2016, and Maximum Ride, based on the young adult fantasy franchise from James Patterson. Espinosa has more than 17 million followers on social media, and more than 1 billion loops/views on Vine.
Austin Abrams and Jerry MacKinnon have joined the cast of the indie feature, Dude, from writer/director Olivia Milch. The film stars Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, and rapper/actress Awkwafina as four best girlfriends — Lily, Chloe, Amelia and Rebecca — as they navigate their final weeks as high school seniors while balancing responsibilities, friendship, and lots of weed.
Abrams will play Lily’s younger brother James, who grew up without a father figure in a house full of women and subsequently has a perspective other boys don’t. MacKinnon will play Sam, the easy going, good-natured friend of the foursome and frequent partner in crime. Abrams was most recently seen in Fox’s Paper Towns and also appears in the recently wrapped Medicine Men; The Greens Are Gone. He’s repped by APA, Industry Entertainment and Myman Greenspan Fineman. MacKinnon has a recurring role playing One Stop on Fox’s Empire and will next be seen in the feature film Imperfections. He’s repped by APA, Stewart Talent in Chicago, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, and Peikoff Mahan.