Amanda Seyfried to Star in 'Gone'

1:13 PM PST 02/09/2011 by Pamela McClintock, Borys Kit
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Another new project has been unveiled at the European Film Market in Berlin: Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone, from Summit Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel.

Summit has scooped up domestic distribution to the project. Lakeshore and Nick Meyer's Sierra Pictures/Affinity will now begin selling the project to foreign buyers in Berlin.

Buzzed-about Brazilian filmmaker Heitor Dhalia begins lensing Gone in April from a script by Allison Burnett.

Hollywood has been wanting to get into business with Dhalia, who makes his English-language debut with Gone.

The thriller revolves around a young woman named Jill (Seyfried) who returns home from her night shift to find her sister's bed empty. She's convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years before has come back to finish the job.


But the police do not believe Jill, who knows time is running out. With no one to turn to, she sets off to find her sister and face her abductor once and for all.

Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing the thriller alongside Sidney Kimmel, Chris Salvaterra and Dan Abrams.

Gone reunites Seyfried and Summit for the third time after Dear John and Letters to Juliet.

"We are very excited to be distributing this film and working once again with both Lakeshore and Amanda," said Summit co-chair Rob Friedman, adding it is the first time the company has partnered with Sidney Kimmel.

Rosenberg said Seyfried is the "perfect actress to play the smart and fearless heroine in Gone."

Seyfried is next in theaters in Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood, which opens March 11, followed by Andrew Niccol's Now in October.

Seyfried is repped by Innovative Artists. Dhalia is repped by WME and the Radmin Company, and Burnett, the Gersh Agency and Industry Entertainment.

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