David Carradine's death forces film recast

Indie drama 'Portland' nearing principal photography

Carradine's death may be accidental

TORONTO -- The death of David Carradine has forced a recast of what was to be his next project, the indie drama "Portland," on the eve of principal photography in Portland, Ore., Los Angeles and along the Pacific coast.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time," executive producers Adrian Salpeter and Elizabeth Levine of Vancouver-based Random Bench Prods. said in a statement.

Carradine, who was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room this week, was to co-star in the feature about the death of a young wanderer that connects a trio of damaged souls. The ensemble cast includes Erin Daniels, Jonathan Caouette ("Tarnation"), Steven Martini, Renee Victor and Alex Schemmer.

The project from writer-director Matthew Mishory will go ahead, with Iconoclastic Features and Random Bench co-producing the U.S./U.K./Canada feature.
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