Berlin: Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson Join 'American Animals'

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Ann Dowd and Udo Kier also have joined the cast of the film based on the true story of four men who committed one of the boldest heists in American history.

Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd and Udo Kier have joined Bart Layton's heist crime-drama American Animals. The group joins Evan Peters, who was previously announced to star.

The story is based on the true story of four men who under the delusion that they are characters in a movie, commit one of the boldest heists in American history.

The film is co-financed by AI Film and Film4, while Layton's production company RAW is producing. Sierra/Affinity is in charge of international sales at the Berlin Film Festival this week.

Layton, who wrote and will direct the film, is most well known for 2012 documentary The Imposter, which won him the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, as well as a nomination for best documentary at the Oscars.

American Animals is expected to start shooting this year.

Jenner was most recently seen in Sidney Hall, which premiered at this year's Sundance, as well as The Edge of Seventeen alongside Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson. 

Keoghan was first spotted two years ago at Sundance, in the film Mammal. He can next be seen in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, among Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance.

Abrahamson, a native Canadian, made an impression last fall at the Toronto Film Festival in the lead role in Hello Destroyer

Dowd most recently could be seen in St. Vincent, Our Brand is Crisis, and Captain Fantastic. She can also be seen in the upcoming pilot of Hulu's The Handmaiden's Tale.

Kier recently finished filming Downsizing, in which he stars alongside Matt Damon, Neil Patrick Harris and Kristen Wiig.

Koeghan is repped by WME, Troika and Management 360. Abrahamson is repped by WME, LLA and Thruline Entertainment. Jenner is repped by CAA and Atlas Artists. Dowd is repped by Innovative Artists and Principal Entertainment LA. Kier is repped by Richard Schwartz Management.