Living Single star Erika Alexander, who has appeared in Black Lightning and Wu Tang: An American Saga, Derek Luke of 13 Reasons Why and The Americans, and True Blood’s Sam Trammell have been cast in the lead roles.
The film tells the story of a family seeking shelter in a neighbor’s bunker (Trammell), while the American economy is in collapse and the nation under martial law. There they find the danger inside is potentially greater than the danger outside.
Alexander and Luke have previously worked with Blumhouse; Alexander starred in Get Out and Luke featured in The Purge television series.
The film also features newcomer Peyton Jackson, Zamani Wilder (Sacred Lies), Jessi Case (Mother’s Day), and Vince Mattis (Halloween).
Everybody Hates Chris co-creator Ali LeRoi directs the film, which is exec produced by Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse and Lisa Bruce.
It was written by Allison & Nicolas Buckmelter, whose script was awarded the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Production is underway in New Orleans.
American Refugee is part of a slate deal between Blumhouse and MGM to make eight television movies including A House on the Bayou, from Don’t Tell a Soul writer and director Alex McAulay.
Alexander is represented by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Luke is represented by ICM Partners, Greenlight Management and Production, Ziffren Brittenham & Viewpoint. Trammell is represented by Innovative Artists and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Jackson is represented by A3 Artists Agency and Foundation Media Partners. Wilder is represented by Alexander White Agency and Julie Fulop/AKA Talent. Case is represented by J Pervis Talent Agency, Paradigm, and Brave Artists Management. Vince Mattis is represented by Paradigm, Silver Mass Entertainment and Coastal Talent.