November 4, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
New Zealand’s rising star Rose McIver has landed a role in a new indie film “Light Years”, reports Variety. Furthermore, “Gossip Girl” star Jessica Szohr appears to have been cast in the film as well.
The actress, last seen in Hollywood in 2009′s tear-jerker “The Lovely Bones” as Saorise Ronan’s older sister Lindsay Salmon, will star alongside Chris Lowell, who plays “a listless guy who gets dumped by his girlfriend — the catalyst to getting his life back in order.” The film is based on a short film by Maggie Kiley, who will direct the feature length version.
“Shameless” star Emmy Rossum had originally been cast alongside Lowell, but appears to be out of the project now.
After her role in “The Lovely Bones”, McIver went back to her native New Zealand to star in several TV shows, including “Power Rangers R.P.M” and “Super City.” Szohr had been a regular on CW series “Gossip Girl” and since being ousted from the show, has been racking up film roles, mostly on the indie scene.
June 24, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Liam Hemsworth will be taking a little Absence Without Leave after competing in “The Hunger Games”, with Variety reporting the Aussie up and comer has signed on to star in indie “AWOL”, a Vietnam War set drama. Hemsworth will be joined by a cast that includes newcomer Austin Stowell, Teresa Palmer and Aimee Teegardan.
Stowell plays a soldier dumped by his hometown girlfriend (Teegarden). Hemsworth is his best friend who joins him in going AWOL in order to return to the United States to win her back. The backdrop of the tale is the anti-war movement on the campus of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Danny Mooney will make his directorial debut on the film, which is based on a true story. The supporting cast also includes Chris Lowell and Max Adler. Production is slated to begin in Mid-July on location in Ann Arbor.
Hemsworth is currently in North Carolina filming the highly anticipated “Hunger Games” opposite Jennifer Lawrence and has also long been attached to Chuck Russell’s “Arabian Nights.” Stowell, a recurring guest star on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, will make his big screen debut in this September’s “Dolphin Tale” with Morgan Freeman. Teegarden rose to fame playing rebellious daughter Julie on NBC’s critically acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” and recently appeared in “Scream 4.” Palmer, like Hemsworth, is one of many Aussies making waves stateside, recently seen in “I Am Number Four” and attached to “Mad Max: Fury Road” and zombie romance “Warm Bodies” opposite Nicholas Hoult.
March 28, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Emmy Rossum has found success on television – in Showtime’s recently renewed “Shameless” – after an attempt at a big screen career seemed to fizzle out, but she is now making a foray back into films, joining “Light Years”, already starring Peter Gallagher. Fellow TV alum and “Private Practice” star Chris Lowell has also signed on to the indie drama.
“Light Years”, based on the 2009 short film “Some Boys Don’t Leave” starring Jesse Eisenberg, is a coming of age tale surrounding a young couple who break up but one can’t seem to let go. He decides to remain living in their shared apartment and she decides to move on with her life right in front of him. Maggie Kiley, who also created the short, will direct the feature she co-wrote Matthew Mullen.
Lowell, last briefly seen as George Clooney’s assistant in “Up in the Air”, will romance Emma Stone in her first dramatic turn in this August’s “The Help”. Rossum, once poised for stardom after being chosen to play Christine in the big screen adaptation of “The Phantom of the Opera” musical, has not been seen on the big screen since 2009′s indie “Dare” and “Dragonball: Evolution”.