Brian Metcalf to helm 'Cries'

Making directorial debut in the fantasy film

NEW YORK -- Visual effects supervisor Brian Metcalf will make his directorial debut with "Fading of the Cries," a fantasy film he will direct from his own script.

The independently financed film will star Thomas Ian Nicholas, who made his name in the "American Pie" franchise. The plot centers on a young man who defends his town from evil forces, aided by a magic sword.

Metcalf will produce with Karoline Kautz via the pair's Ratio Pictures banner. Jordan Matthews also will star.

Nicholas played Kevin Myers in "American Pie" and two of its sequels. He's also set to star opposite Lara Flynn Boyle in the urban drama "Life Is Hot in Crack¬town," and he toplined "National Lampoon's Cattle Call" for Lionsgate.

Metcalf has worked on multimedia spinoffs for such movies as "300" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." He also served as effects supervisor on Nicholas' directorial debut "L.A.D.J."