Appalachian Opioid Addiction Drama 'Back Fork' Rounds Out Cast (Exclusive)

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From left: Josh Stewart, A.J. Cook, Agnes Bruckner, Eden Brolin

Actor-turned-director Josh Stewart is helming the film, beginning production in West Virginia.

A.J. Cook, Agnes Bruckner and Eden Brolin are set to star in Back Fork, an indie drama from actor-turned-director Josh Stewart.

Stewart also toplines Back Fork, which he wrote and is directing. Production began Thursday in Back Fork, W.V.

Stewart is also producing with Jeffrey Tinnell and Robert Tinnell. Tony Sgro is executive producing.

The drama deals with opioid addiction, a timely topic as it has become a national health crisis in the U.S. and President Donald Trump spoke on the topic Tuesday. The location and situations are close to Stewart’s heart, as the filmmaker is from West Virginia.

The story tells of a young couple in Appalachia torn apart by a tragic accident and the devastating addiction in its aftermath.

Stewart is playing a coal miner who turns to prescription painkillers in the wake of the death of his daughter.

Cook portrays Waylon’s wife, who is struggling to understand how to help her husband and why he insists on further damaging the family.

Bruckner is playing Waylon’s sister, a woman who tries to be supportive of her brother but struggles with addiction problems of her own.

Brolin is a local bartender who grew up in Appalachia and never left. 

Stewart appears on the new season of USA’s Shooter and will be seen in horror thriller Insidious: Chapter 4. He previously wrote and directed the 2013 indie The Hunted. Stewart is repped by UTA, Grandview and attorney David Krintzman.

Cook has starred on CBS’ Criminal Minds since 2005 and is repped by  Primary Wave Entertainment and attorney Neil Meyer.

Bruckner most recently appeared on A&E’s The Returned and also appeared on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She is repped by APA, Management Production Entertainment and attorney Karl Austen.

Brolin appears on the Freeform show Beyond. She is repped by Paradigm, Grandview and attorney Darren M. Trattner.