EXCLUSIVE: Joseph Cross (Milk, Big Little Lies) and Annabeth Gish (The Haunting of Hill House, The X-Files) will topline the indie thriller Stay at Conder Beach,  which is being directed by Aaron Khandros based on a script from Jonathan Patten.

It revolves anound two locals, drawn together by series of unexplained beach resort deaths, who grapple with a threat that might endanger more than just the local beach economy.

Cross will play Jordan, who has only called Conder Beach his home for two years. In the ensuing violence, he recognizes an opportunity to resolve his outsider status. Gish is Diane, a local who will do anything and everything to make sure those responsible for the violence are crushed.

Mike S. Ryan (Junebug) and Michael Bowes producing for Greyshack Films.

The film is being shot in Grand Isle, LA, a location that serves to underline the inherent vulnerability of such region/barrier islands that have suffered major hurricanes and oil spills due to increased offshore drilling as well as flooding from global sea level risings.

Cross is repped by UTA and Link Entertainment, while Gish is repped by Innovative and Thruline.