'Captain Fantastic' Actor Charlie Shotwell to Lead Paramount's 'Eli' (Exclusive)

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Ciaran Foy will direct the feature, the first to go into production for the newly minted Paramount Players.

Paramount's Eli has found its leading man — or, boy.

Captain Fantastic actor Charlie Shotwell will play the titular role of Eli in director Ciaran Foy's (Sinister 2) psychological horror, which tells the story of a secluded clinic where a boy with a rare disease is being treated. Soon, the clinic becomes a haunted prison with no way out.

David Chirchirillo penned the 2015 Black List script, which was revised by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing. Trevor Macy is producing via his Intrepid Pictures banner, along with Bellevue Productions' John Zaozirny. Matt Alvarez will executive produce, with Melinda Nishioka co-producing for Intrepid and David O'Leary co-producing for Bellevue.

The horror feature has been on the fast track as the first film to go into production for the newly minted Paramount Players label, which is headed by AwesomnessTV CEO Brian Robbins. Last week, the studio announced Eli would have a Jan. 4, 2019, release. 

Shotwell was last seen in Lionsgate's adaption of the New York Times best-seller The Glass Castle from Destin Daniel Cretton. The in-demand up-and-comer recently wrapped production on Ridley Scott's Getty family thriller All the Money in the World, which will close out this year's AFI Fest, and will also be seen in Babadook director Jennifer Kent's Tasmania-set The Nightingale.

He is repped by Coast to Coast, Industry Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.