EXCLUSIVE: Stefanie Scott and Theodore Pellerin have boarded Jason Stone’s YA sci-fi feature First Light, which he wrote and is directing in Ottawa. The pic follows a high school senior, Alex Lainey (Scott), who has an encounter with mysterious lights that appear over her small town. She soon develops dangerous, supernatural abilities and turns to her childhood friend Sean Terrel (Pellerin). The authorities target them and a chase ensues as officials try to discover the truth behind Alex’s transformation.
Exhibit, Kirin Media and Longzhilin are financing the film with Chris Ferguson of Oddfellows and Michael Baker of Bunk 11 producing. First Light secured its initial round of financing through the motion picture online marketplace, Slated. Serving as executive producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik, Jeff Chao, Fernando Loureiro, Roberto Vasconcellos, Leo Zheng, Justin Begnaud and Ben Silverman. Rian Cahill and Marlaina Mah will co-executive produce. Fortitude is handling foreign sales, Entertainment One (eOne) will distribute in Canada and Longzhilin will distribute in China.
Repped by Gersh, More-Medavoy Management and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern; Scott was seen recently in Jem and the Holograms and Insidious: Chapter 3. Stone’s previous feature was the Susan Sarandon-Donald Sutherland-Topher Grace thriller The Calling. He is repped by CAA, Integral Artists and Grandview. Pellerin is represented by Agence Lapierre-Provencher and Grandview.