EXCLUSIVE: Bill Sage (American Psycho) has been cast as the lead in Welcome To Willits alongside Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables), Anastasia Baranova (Z Nation) and Sabina Gadecki (Entourage). Joining them in supporting roles are Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Chris Zylka ( The Leftovers), Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie), Karrueche Tran and Keelin Woodell.
Adapted from the SXSW 2015 short Welcome to Willits: After Sundown, the feature takes place in the deep Northern California woods, where locals struggle to fight off repeated attacks from mysterious invaders. When local farmer Brock (Sage) is caught up with a wayward group of campers, the situation quickly escalates into total carnage. Together with a ragtag crew, Brock struggles to maintain his sanity while defending his family from perceived supernatural threats.
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Trevor Ryan makes his feature directorial debut on a screenplay written by his brother Tim Ryan. Mark Webber starred in the Willits short and originally was set to reprise his role in the film. His real-life wife Teresa Palmer was set as the female lead, but the two no longer are attached due to scheduling conflicts.
Jordan Yale Levine, Scott Levenson, Jon Keeyes and Shaun Sanghani will produce the pic with Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Joe Listhaus, Michael Rothstein, Brandon Baker, and Serge Levin serving as executive producers. Welcome To Willits is set to begin production this week in Shreveport, LA. Event Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales.
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