EXCLUSIVE: The Twilight Saga’s Nikki Reed has been cast opposite Harry Potter thesp Bonnie Wright in thriller The Highway Is For Gamblers. Writer-director Alexandra McGuinness follows her debut film Lotus Eaters with the desert-set tale of Jane (Reed), a newly crowned rodeo queen who goes missing, and her friend Heidi (Wright), who uncovers secrets and encounters the violence of life on the road while searching for her pal. Vikings’ Gustaf Skarsgård and pop singer/actor Joe Jonas round out the indie cast.
Philip Gray and Mark Lee are producers on the film, which has a November shoot planned for California’s San Bernardino County. They filmmakers have raised the bulk of their budget independently but also have turned to Kickstarter, seeking $165,000 in finishing funds. With a concerted social media push in the works, that goal might be achieved before long; among Reed, Wright, and Jonas, the film’s social media reach hits a combined 8.5 million followers on Twitter alone.
Reed, who co-starred in Summit’s blockbuster Twilight films, got her start by co-writing and starring in Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen. She recently appeared in Joss Whedon’s In Your Eyes and wrapped The Sunday Horse for stunt pro-turned-director Vic Armstrong. Reed also made her debut behind the camera with the Think Normal segment for ESPN’s 9 For IX series. She’s repped by Paradigm, Thruline Entertainment, and Ginsburg Daniels.
Wright appeared as Ginny Weasley throughout the Harry Potter franchise. Her recent credits also include Phase 4’s sci-fier After The Dark and Before I Sleep with David Warner and Tom Sizemore. She’s repped by UTA, United Agents, and Principato-Young.
Skarsgård (The Way Back, Kon-Tiki), son of Stellan Skarsgård, currently stars as Floki on the History Channel’s Vikings. He’s repped by Paradigm and Agentfirman Planthaber/Kildén/Mandic. Jonas, one third of the popstar trio Jonas Brothers, transitioned into acting with Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2 and the Disney Channel series Jonas. He’s repped by Paradigm, Kevin Jonas, Sr. at The Jonas Group and Phil McIntyre at Philymack.
McGuinness is repped by Paradigm and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman & Goodman, LLP. Paradigm is repping domestic rights for the film.