EXCLUSIVE: Entourage alum Kevin Dillon and newcomer DeRon Horton have been cast as the leads in Dirt, a drama from director Alex Ranarivelo. Forrest Lucas is financing the film and will produce alongside his ESX Entertainment partner Ali Afshar.
Dirt centers on Dez Truss (Horton), a 17-year-old who is caught boosting cars for an auto-theft ring and is given one last chance to set his life straight by a compassionate mentor. He introduces the kid to Rick Radden (Dillon), a former race car-driver-turned team owner who agrees to house and supervise Dez for the summer in exchange for manual labor. Dez begins working for Rick’s professional but underperforming dirt-racing team, using the skills he honed while stealing cars. He becomes a vital member of the team but not before his past threatens the safety of Rick’s family and livelihood.
The cast also includes Christina Moore, Matthew Glave, Dominic Devore, Blake Heron, Lexy Panterra and Devon Long.
Dillon played Johnny Drama on HBO’s Entourage and reprised the role for the 2015 feature. His other recent credits include features The Throwaways and Compulsion. He is repped by Gersh and Gallant Management. Dirt will be the first starring role for Horton, who appeared in Dirty Grandpa, an episode of Haven and a few short films. He is repped by ICM Partners and Gallant Management.