Two indie films have pulled together its cast. First up is Demetrius Shipp Jr., who played the late Tupac Shakur in All Eyez on Me, who is starring along with Essence Atkins from NBC’s Marlon, Terrence Jenkins (Safe Word) and Edwina Findley (Black Lightning) in the indie mystery/drama titled Same Difference. Secondly, Haley Pullos, Haley Webb, and Bryce Durfee will star in another indie film, entitled No Good Deed.
Produced by Datari Turner and written and directed by Derege Harding, Same Difference follows a young woman (Atkins) who is told that her death is imminent by a mysterious group of people who all start dying one by one. The woman becomes compelled to let go of the past and reconcile with her estranged twin sister, also played by Atkins, who is suffering from alcohol addiction.
The film co-stars Kandi Burruss, Affion Crockett, Kris D. Lofton, Gabby Douglas, Lew Temple, and Page Kennedy.
Turner, who will produce through his Datari Turner Productions banner, currently has a first-look television deal with Entertainment One for unscripted projects. Through that deal, Turner is the Creator and Executive Producer of the WETV series Growing Up Hip Hop, in its fourth season, and the highest rated series on the network.
Harding, who is making his feature film directorial debut, is a Film Independent Project Involve alum. Jenkins serves as an executive producer on the film, along with Atkins. Tim Weatherspoon, Louis Steyn, TJ Steyn, Phil Thornton, Jash’d Belcher, Jamal Chilton, Damone Smith, JP Ramzy, and Shaun Livingston also are executive producers.
Shipp Jr. is repped by CAA. Jenkins is repped by WME, and attorney Darrell D. Miller. Atkins is repped by Don Buchwald and Associates. Turner is repped by CAA and attorney Linda Lichter.
For No Good Deed, Pullos, Webb, and Durfee will star in the indie film No Good Deed, from It’s a Cartel and Reel One Entertainment co-production. That film is directed by Craig Goldsmith, the pic follows a spa owner Aya, who invites young Taryn, a newcomer to town who has been jilted by her boyfriend and is out of cash, to stay with her until she gets on her feet, she doesn’t yet realize that she’s opened her home and her life up to a murderous sociopath whose new “friendship” with her has taken a fanatical turn.
The screenplay was written by Sandra Bailey. Stan Spry and Eric Woods produced with exec producer Tom Berry.