Dakota Fanning, Frank Dillane (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”), Jeremy Allen White (“Shameless”) and the “X-Men: First Class” duo of Zoe Kravitz and Caleb Landry Jones are set to star in the untitled English-language debut of “Miss Bala” director Gerardo Naranjo, it was announced Wednesday.
Hunter Gray and Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and Chris Ramirez of Lola Pictures will produce the film, which is fully financed and will start production in Nevada in late March. Naranjo wrote and will direct the movie, which is a co-production between Verisimilitude and Lola Pictures, the latter of which is also financing.
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Fanning stars as Viena, a roadie on a journey of self-discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s.
CAA arranged the financing on behalf of the filmmakers and will represent domestic distribution rights along with Preferred Content, which negotiated the deal on behalf of the financiers.
This project marks the second collaboration between Naranjo, Gray and Orlovsky, as the three previously collaborated on “Voy a Explotar.”
“It’s super exciting to work again with Alex and Hunter, I am equally looking forward to film in Nevada thanks to Chris Ramirez and Lola Pictures,” said Naranjo. “I’ve always wanted to make a picture that would rely only on the performances, and thanks to the amazing young cast we’ve assembled, it seems like this is the one.”
“We are very excited to be back in business with Gerardo and thrilled to be a part of his English language debut with this phenomenal cast” the Verisimilitude partners said in a statement.
“This is a great team to realize Gerardo’s story and his unique visual style. Working with Hunter and Alex on our feature debut gives us a lot of confidence and we couldn’t be more excited to get started,” added Ramirez.
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Verisimilitude’s two most recent productions, Mike Cahill’s “I Origins” and Carter Smith’s “Jamie Marks Is Dead,” both premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Past credits include the Ryan Gosling movies “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “Half Nelson.”
Ramirez co-founded Lola Pictures with partners Tony Hsieh and Fred Mosler of Zappos.com. The company, which is based in Las Vegas, has signed on to produce Mark Fergus’ “Dulcinea” starring
Fanning is repped by WME and Echo Lake Entertainment. Dillane is repped by WME and Michelle Braidman & Associates in the UK. White is repped by WME and Jackoway, Tyerman. Kravitz is repped by Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment. Jones is repped by Resolution and Untitled Entertainment.