Australian actress Bella Heathcote has been cast in the female lead role in indie thriller “The Curse of Downer’s Grove”, according to Variety. Lucas Till, Kevin Zegers and Aimee Teegarden were cast in the film a few weeks back, while Penelope Mitchell has also jumped on board.
Derek Martini will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Bret Easton Ellis, based on the novel “Downer’s Grove” by Michael Hornburg. Heathcote will play the lead character of Chrissie, an unusual high school senior in a suburban town who juggles family drama, unwanted attention from a school bully and attraction to a hot older man all while worrying about the curse that seems to exist in her town: Every year before school ends a member of the graduating class is killed in bizarre fashion. Filming is expected to start in the spring.
Heathcote starred opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” and was seen most recently in David Chase’s musical coming of age drama “Not Fade Away.” She is also attached to indie drug cartel thriller “The Preppie Connection” opposite Evan Peters, with filming expected to begin over the summer.