Following an eye-opening performance in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” Tyler Perry has signed on to join Chloe Grace Moretz in Gerard Barrett’s “Brain on Fire,” it was announced Monday by Broad Green Pictures, Foundation Features and Charlize Theron’s company Denver & Delilah.
The film is based on Susannah Cahalan’s New York Times bestseller “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness” and is currently shooting in Vancouver with an anticipated release in 2016.
Indie breakouts Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) and Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) co-star alongside Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss.
Moretz plays Susannah, a rising journalist at the New York Post who falls victim to an inexplicable illness that has her hearing voices, hallucinating, battling bouts of paranoia and lashing out during violent episodes. As weeks go by and she rapidly descends into insanity, there seems to be no hope for answers until a lucky last-minute intervention by one doctor gives her a diagnosis and the chance to rebuild her life.
Perry will play Richard, Susannah’s boss at the New York Post. He’s represented by WME and Ziffren, Brittenham.
Broad Green Pictures will distribute “Brain on Fire” in the U.S., while the studio’s partner, Mister Smith Entertainment, will continue to sell international rights after launching the film at the European Film Market in February.