Danielle Panabaker cast in 'Prodigy'

Joining sci-fi action film that includes Max Theriot

Danielle Panabaker has been cast as the female lead in "Prodigy," director Chuck Russell's sci-fi action film from Intrepid Pictures and Kincine.

"Prodigy" centers on an elite prep school that promises to turn teenagers into geniuses through a drug-and-diet regimen for a half-million-dollar tuition. When several alumni turn up dead, the school's valedictorian is assigned to investigate the murders, leading him to a rebellious student (Max Theriot).

Panabaker plays the brilliant daughter of a senator who begins to question the powers that be.

Dave Kalstein adapted the screenplay from his 2006 novel. Intrepid principals Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce with Spain-based Kincine's Jesus Martinez as well as Kevin Mann and Matt Perniciaro.

The movie will be filmed in Valencia and at the Ciudad de la Luz studios in Alicante, Spain, with principal photography set to begin mid-October.

Panabaker, repped by UTA and Management 360, next stars in the remake of "Friday the 13th," which opens Feb. 13. She most recently appeared on TV's "Shark" and opposite Kevin Costner in "Mr. Brooks."

Borys Kit reported from Los Angeles; Gregg Goldstein reported from New York.