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Patrick Schwarzenegger, the son of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver; Miles Robbins, who appeared in Blockers earlier this year; American Honey breakout star Sasha Lane; and Hannah Marks are set to star in the supernatural thriller Daniel Isn’t Real.
The indie, which is being produced by Elijah Wood, is the second feature from writer-director Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate). SpectreVision and ACE Pictures are producing Daniel Isn’t Real, which sees a troubled college freshman, Luke (Robbins), suffer a violent family trauma and resurrect his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Schwarzenegger) to help him cope. Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind and soul.
The indie, currently shooting in New York City, is based on the novel In This Way I Was Saved by Brian DeLeeuw, who co-wrote the script with Mortimer.
“Daniel Isn’t Real is a stylized, sexy and emotionally nuanced supernatural thriller. A terrifying look into the things that everyone hides beneath the surface,” Wood, co-founder and partner of SpectreVision/Company X, said Tuesday in a statement.
The pic is also being produced by Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Lisa Whalen. Timur Bekbosunov, Johnny Chang, Emma Lee and Peter Wong and Stacy Jorgensen share executive producer credits.
Schwarzenegger is repped by UTA and Management 360; Robbins is with CAA and Authentic Talent & Literary Management; Lane is repped by WME, The Long Run and Gray Krauss Sandler Des Rochers; and Marks is repped by UTA, Untitled and Bloom Hergott Diemer.
Mortimer is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and ICM Partners.
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