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'Vampire Diaries,' 'Continuum' Actors Join Eadweard Muybridge Movie (Exclusive)

Michael Eklund is toplining in the Canadian indie, which is being directed by Kyle Rideout and produced by Josh Epstein.

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Sara Canning

The Vampire Diaries actress Sara Canning, Ian Tracey and Jodi Balfour have joined the cast of the untitled psychological drama centered on Eadweard Muybridge.

Michael Eklund is starring in the Canadian indie, which is being directed by Kyle Rideout and produced by Josh Epstein. Rideout and Epstein were behind Wait for Rain, a short that won best science fiction/fantasy at last year’s Comic-Con International Film Festival. The Muybridge project is their first feature.

Also joining the cast are Christopher Heyerdahl and Torrance Combs. The movie begins principal photography next week in Vancouver.

Muybridge was a world-famous 19th century photographer who took pictures of nude and deformed subjects, found fame with his landscape shots and pioneered motion photography by capturing animals and humans in action and led the way for motion pictures with his zoopraxiscope device. His personal life also was noteworthy: He killed his wife’s lover and received a justifiable homicide verdict.

Canning will play Muybridge’s wife, while Balfour will be one of the photographer’s models who became the focus of some of his very first nudes.

Tracey will portray the founder of Stanford University who enlists Muybridge's services to win a famous bet over whether a horse had all four hooves off the ground while galloping.

Canning stars in Primeval: New World, the North American version of the hit BBC sci-fi show.

Tracey has appeared in the popular Canadian sci-fi show Continuum and appeared in Man of Steel and A&E’s Bates Motel.

Balfour is one of the stars of CBC’s acclaimed show Bomb Girls.