Duo cast in Overture's 'Crazies'

Panabaker, Anderson in for new take on Romero film

Danielle Panabaker and Joe Anderson have joined the cast of "The Crazies," Overture's take on the George A. Romero classic being directed by Breck Eisner.

The script, by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright, centers on the inhabitants of a small Kansas town who are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply.

Panabaker plays a receptionist at the town's medical center. Anderson takes on the role of the town's deputy.

Timothy Olyphant stars as the town sheriff.

The film is set to begin principle photography March 5 in Georgia, with additional shooting to take place in Iowa.

Participant Media is co-financing the pic with Overture.

Michael Aguilar, Dean Georgaris and Rob Cowan are producing, with Romero on board as an executive producer.

Panabaker, repped by UTA and Management 360, is coming off a starring role in the slasher hit "Friday the 13th." Other credits include "Mr. Brooks," HBO's "Empire Falls" and the TV show "Shark."

CAA-repped Anderson, whose appeared in "The Ruins" and "Becoming Jane," appears next in Mira Nair's upcoming Amelia Earhart biopic, "Amelia."
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