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Stephon Stewart has lined up a trio of big names for his futuristic directorial debut Vestige.
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Anne Heche (The Last Word) have signed up for the sci-fi drama thriller, described as “Ex Machina meets Black Swan and Whiplash.”
Aaron Magnani will produce through his eponymous banner, Aaron Magnani Productions.
Set in a forlorn future controlled by artificial intelligence, the story — written by Stewart — centers around a distraught Olympian figure skater (Tipton) who must overcome her demons and attempt to escape her infinite world to compete for the Winter Olympics against androids. Rourke will play her demanding coach and Heche, her eccentric mother.
Lawrence Krauss, world-renowned theoretical physicist and best-selling author of A Universe From Nothing has also signed on to attach artificial intelligence and robotics companies to the film.
“We are thrilled to bring this ingenious and captivating story to the screen with such a wonderful team,” said Magnani. “I feel that we have something very special and provocative here with a highly commercial hook. And Analeigh, with a background in figure skating, should make for an authentic performance.”
Pan-Asian sales and distribution banner Saga Films, a sister company of Red Apollo Group, has acquired multi pan-Asian territory rights.
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