"Chronicle" and "Frankenstein" screenwriter Max Landis has cast Dustin Milligan ("90210"), Luke Bracey ("Monte Carlo") and Emily Meade ("Young Adult") in his sexually-charged directorial debut "Me Him Her," TheWrap has learned.
A comedy about sexual identity, "Me Him Her" will be produced and fully financed by Big Beach Films ("The Kings of Summer").
Exploring love, sex, friendship and sword combat in what Landis has described as “the weirdest, most surreal way possible,” the story ultimately emphasizes that conceptions of self should be flexible.
Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub will produce “Me Him Her,” which starts production later this month in Los Angeles. Protagonist Pictures is handling foreign sales.
“'Me Him Her' is completely different than anything I’ve ever written. You usually find me writing what I like to think of as intelligent summer action and genre films. 'Me Him Her' is deeply personal, and at its most basic level, a generational story about relationships and identity," said Landis.
“Max’s boundless imagination has dreamt up a fantastical world in which real people confront very real emotional issues in a very moving story that is hysterically funny to boot. We are very excited to bring the full Max Landis experience to film lovers everywhere," Saraf and Turtletaub said in a joint statement.
Big Beach has had success placing bets on first-time filmmakers, with Colin Trevorrow‘s “Safety Not Guaranteed” grossing more than $4 million in the U.S. and Jordan Vogt-Roberts' "The Kings of Summer" proving a solid performer for CBS Films. Big Beach has also produced the directorial debuts of established actors Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Jack Goes Boating”) and Liev Schreiber (“Everything Is Illuminated”), as well as “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Sherrybaby,” both of which hailed from first-time filmmakers.
Milligan next stars opposite Mario Bello in an untitled horror-thriller produced by "The Conjuring" director James Wan. His previous feature credits include Mike Judge's comedy "Extract" and "Shark Night 3D." He's repped by the Gersh Agency and Red Management.
Bracey is a rising star who has come close to landing several high-profile projects. He plays the lead opposite Odette Annable in McG's ABC pilot "Westside" and recently appeared in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." Bracey, who was considered for the title role in "The Crow," will soon be seen in Janusz Kaminski's "American Dream" and the Pierce Brosnan movie "November Man." He's repped by CAA and ROAR.
Meade, who recently wrapped the comedy "Are We Officially Dating?" with Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, was just cast in Damon Lindelof's HBO pilot "The Leftovers." She'll soon be seen in the indies "Thanks for Sharing," "Bluebird" and "Gimme Shelter." Meade is repped by Innovative Artists and Authentic Management.
Landis is repped by WME and Circle of Confusion.