The film features Timberlake as the titular Eddie Palmer, a former college football phenomenon who, after a stint in prison, returns to his hometown to get his life back on track. There, he faces not only lingering conflicts from his past but also a much more surprising challenge as he finds himself suddenly in charge of a unique, loner 7-year-old boy named Sam (Allen) who has been abandoned by his wayward mother. Palmer marks Allen’s feature film debut.
Academy Award-winning producer Charles B. Wessler (Green Book) will produce alongside SK Global co-CEOs John Penotti and Charlie Corwin. Sidney Kimmel and Daniel Nadler will also produce. SK Global and Nadler will co-finance the film.
Allen is repped by Paradigm and Trilogy Talent.
The story follows Lucas (Maturo) who lives with his older brother Tom (Manning) after the loss of their parents. Lucas befriends a Monster in the nearby woods, and trouble ensues. Barer is set to play the character of Anna, an outsider to this small town who develops a romantic relationship with Tom, only to be pulled into the danger of his little brother’s bond with the Monster. Slapface also stars twins Bianca D’Ambrosio and Chiara D’Ambrosio (The Young and the Restless) as well as Mirabelle Lee (Blood Ties).
Kipp will direct his own screenplay while Shintaro Shimosawa (The Grudge, Fear the Walking Dead) is executive producing. Joe Benedetto is producing while Nick Theurer will serve as co-producer.
Barer is repped by Untitled, CAA and Peikoff Mahan.
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