Columbus Short joins indie 'Girl Is in Trouble'

'Losers' actor joins Jesse Spencer and Wilmer Valderrama

Columbus Short will star in the indie thriller "The Girl Is in Trouble," from writer-director Julius Onah.

Jesse Spencer (Fox's "House") and Wilmer Valderrama ("The Dry Land") also have joined the cast.

Spike Lee is an executive producer on the noirish drama, which begins shooting next week in New York. The project was selected for the Tribeca Film Institute's All Access program this year as part of its narrative film roster.

In the story, a Lower East Side bartender becomes entangled in a murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer and the scion of a powerful investment firm. Mayuran Tiruchelvam co-wrote the script with Onah.

Jen Gatien, Robert Profusek and Ryan Silbert are producing the film.

Repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Short recently appeared in "The Losers," "Armored," "Death at a Funeral," "Whiteout," "Quarantine" and "Stomp the Yard."

Spencer, repped by UTA and Untitled, appeared in the films "Uptown Girls" and "Swimming Upstream." He starred in the long-running Australian series "Neighbours."

The UTA-repped Valderrama has appeared in "Fast Food Nation," "Unaccompanied Minors" and "Party Monster." He has roles in the upcoming "From Prada to Nada" and "Larry Crowne."
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