‘Endless Love’ Remake Seduces Rising Stars Rhys Wakefield and Emma Rigby (Exclusive)

Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde star in the movie, which Shana Feste is directing for Universal

Last Updated: July 24, 2014 @ 12:44 PM

Rising stars Rhys Wakefield and Emma Rigby have joined the cast of Universal Pictures' remake of romantic drama "Endless Love."

Shana Feste ("Country Strong") is directing the film, which stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as teenage lovers from opposite backgrounds.

Bruce Greenwood and Robert Patrick play Wilde and Pettyfer's fathers, respectively.

Wakefield will play Wilde's older brother who is under pressure to live up to the legacy of his late older brother.

Scott Stuber and Pam Abdy of Bluegrass Films are producing "Endless Love" with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire. J. Miles Dale and Tracy Falco are executive producing.

Josh Safran wrote an earlier draft of the screenplay, which has since been rewritten by Feste. Kristin Lowe and Chloe Yellin are overseeing the project for Universal.

Wakefield is quickly becoming a favorite on the Universal lot, as he also stars in its home invasion thriller "The Purge," which hits theaters on June 7. He previously starred in ther studio's 2011 thriller "Sanctum," which was executive produced by James Cameron. The Australian actor just wrapped "Rita," Miguel Arteta's Bravo pilot starring Anna Gunn, and he'll also be seen in the indie movie "The Philosophers."

Rigby starred on the hit Brit series "Hollyoaks" and has appeared on the BBC America series "Ripper Street." She recently wrapped the indie movie "The Physician" and will soon be seen as the Red Queen on ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland." 

Wakefield is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and Sloane, Offer, Weber, and Dern, while Rigby is repped by WME, Alan Siegel Entertainment and Independent Talent Group.