Michael Pearce, who wrote and directed the film Beast, has signed with WME.

Beast recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was acquired by Dan Friedkin and Micah Green's upstart, 30WEST.

The psychological thriller centers around a small island community where a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider. It debuted to strong reviews at the festival. THR's review stated: "Although the combustible chemistry between the two leads would be sufficient to power a small factory let alone a film, no less deserving of praise is writer-director Michael Pearce, making his feature debut, who really juices up the pic with stylistic flair and an eye for telling detail."

Pearce previously directed the shorts Keeping Up With the Joneses (which received a BAFTA nomination for Best British Short Film and a BIFA nomination for Best British Short) and Rite (which earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film and a BIFA nomination for Best British Short).

Pearce continues to be represented by Independent Talent Group.