EXCLUSIVE: Miranda Rae Mayo is reteaming with her former Chicago Fire co-star Yuriy Sardarov on Daddy, a dark comedy written and directed by Neal Kelley and Jono Sherman, which will enter production in Topanga Canyon next week.
The film is set in a dystopian society where the state has the power to determine who can and cannot father children, watching as four men attend a government sanctioned retreat in the remote mountains of California. When they show up at the site, only to find no guide or instructions waiting for them, they are left to their own devices and must prove to themselves—and each other—that they have what it takes to become fathers.
Kelley and Sherman are producing the film—also starring Pomme Koch (The Band’s Visit)—under their Twnshp Pictures banner, with The Kalin Company’s Sophia Kalin. Nathan Nemon is exec producing.
Mayo is best known for her portrayal of fire lieutenant Stella Kid on NBC’s Chicago Fire. The actress has also previously appeared on the TV side In Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, Blood & Oil, True Detective, Pretty Little Liars, The Game and more.
On Chicago Fire, Sardarov played firefighter Brian Zvonecek. Like Mayo, he reprised his role over the years in other Chicago series, including Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. The actor has previously appeared on the film side in George Clooneys’ The Ides of March and Ben Affleck’s Best Picture winner Argo, among other titles.
Mayo is represented by The Rosenzweig Group and Kopeikin Law PC; Sardarov by Stagecoach Entertainment and Hyperion; Koch by BRS/Gage; Kelley and Sherman by Ramo Law.
He’ll appear in the indie alongside previously announced cast members Chris Mulkey, Titus Welliver, Brandon Routh, Robert Clohessy, Mo Brings Plenty, Eddie Spears, Irene Bedard, Timothy V. Murphy and Baylee Toney.
The Redeemer tells the story of Butch (Mulkey), a washed up war hero in 1880s Montana who embark on a life-or-death rescue mission into the frontier, alongside his estranged son Garrett (Routh), to save his Indigenous wife Aponi (Bedard) and daughter-in-law (Toney), after they’re kidnapped by a gang of violent outlaws led by the formidable former Calvary Captain Randall Ferguson (Murphy). But a harsh winter, the horrors and dangers of the frontier, and the father’s troubled past keeps catching up to them, proving redemption is hard to come by in the Wild, Wild West.
Hovanessian will play Butch’s son, James. Myles Clohessy, Antony Ware, and Ramsey Heitmann are producing via their Barefoot Kid Productions banner, alongside Mike Walsh of Philly Born Films, Rob Simmons of Jars Media and Jared Safier of Safier Entertainment. Steven Schrager and Thomas Grant of Ident Films are exec producing and financing. Safier, a four-time Emmy-winning producer and sales agent, is handling worldwide sales.
Hovanessian is best known for his recurring roles as Beauchamp McCarry in Netflix’s sci-fi series Another Life, as Dr. Chuck Stewart in Hallmark Movies Now’s When Calls the Heart spin-off, When Hope Calls, and as Wes Foster in Spike’s The Mist. The actor has also appeared on the TV side in UnREAL and more, previously appearing on the film side in Roland Emmerich’s Midway and other titles.
He is represented by Robert Stein Management and SMS Talent.