Diane Bell is directing the indie movie, which Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling are producing with Greg Ammon
Jessica Biel and “Girls” star Zosia Mamet are set to play long-lost sisters in Super Crispy Entertainment’s indie thriller “Shiva & May,” which hails from award-winning writer-director Diane Bell, TheWrap has learned.
“Twilight Saga” actors Edi Gathegi and Joe Anderson co-star alongside Kate Burton (“Scandal”), while Harry Hamlin has agreed to a kinky cameo.
Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling are producing “Shiva & May” through their Super Crispy banner along with Greg Ammon. Bell’s manager Dan Halsted is executive producing the film, which is currently shooting in Los Angeles.
Biel stars as a peaceful yoga instructor who finds herself behaving in ways she never imagined in an effort to protect her newly discovered sister Shiva (Mamet), who is a sex worker, from a less-than-savory boyfriend (Anderson).
Gathegi will play Biel’s boyfriend, while Burton will play Biel’s mother.
Super Crispy is a Santa Monica-based company known for its great taste in material and strong track record with movies featuring strong female leads. The company previously produced “Like Crazy,” which earned critical acclaim for Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as “Smashed,” which starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a tour-de-force performance. The company is repped by attorney Elsa Ramo and the law firm of Morris Yorn.
Bell is the Scottish filmmaker whose “Obselidia” won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and a cinematography award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where she met Schwartz at a party.
Biel continues to push herself as an actress and has been focusing on more challenging dramatic material of late, playing Vera Miles in Fox Searchlight’s “Hitchcock” and starring alongside Kaya Scodelario in Francesca Gregorini’s indie drama “The Truth About Emanuel.” She’s repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and attorney Karl Austen.
Mamet, who plays Shoshanna Shapiro on HBO’s hit series “Girls,” beat out stiff competition for the role of Shiva. She’s repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Stan Coleman.
Gathegi’s credits include “Twilight,” “X-Men: First Class” and Ben Affleck’s directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone.” He also co-stars in Cameron Crowe’s new movie, which stars Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. Gathegi is repped by ICM Partners, Framework Entertainment and attorney Bianca Levin.
Anderson, who recently appeared in “The Grey” and will soon be seen alongside Daniel Radcliffe in “Horns,” is repped by CAA and Management 360.
Burton, who plays Vice President Sally Langston on ABC’s “Scandal,” is repped by the Gersh Agency, Principal Entertainment LA and Lou Coulson Associates.
Hamlin, who was last seen on AMC’s “Mad Men” and Showtime’s “Shameless,” is repped by Paradigm and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
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