EXCLUSIVE: Aidan Quinn, who co-starred in all seven seasons of the CBS drama Elementary, has signed on to star in Spiked, an indie drama inspired by the real-life events surrounding Arizona based newspaper publisher Joseph Soldwedel. Juan Martinez Vera wrote the screenplay and is directing the film, which is currently in production. Per Melita is producing.
Deirdre Lovejoy (Blacklist, The Wire), Danay Garcia (Prison Break, Fear the Walking Dead), and Carlos Gomez (Madam Secretary, Law & Order True Crime) round out the cast.
Here’s the logline: When the murder of a migrant worker shakes a southwest border town to its core, the feud between a newspaper owner and the chief of police leads to the blurring of the truth and a dirty fight for justice.
‘Spiked is a dramatic story rooted in the injustices that immigrant workers experience along the U.S./Mexico border,” Vera said. “The film follows the personal stories of characters on the border and how their lives collide as they attempt to fight for justice. I was inspired to develop this project after reading real-life stories of immigrants suffering abuse of power from law enforcement agencies 20-years ago and was moved by how relevant these stories are today as immigrant families continue to face inhuman and unjust treatment.”
Soldwedel will serve as the film’s executive producer. In 2001 he was honored by the Arizona Newspaper Association after launching a series of journalistic investigations and reporting of southern Arizona law enforcement and government agencies. In 2017, after falling ill for no apparent reason, medical tests found lethal levels of the heavy metal thallium in Soldwedel’s system. He has been spearheading an investigation in the causes of this ever since.
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