Ensemble assembles for 'Burning Palms'

Dylan McDermott, Shannen Doherty among cast

NEW YORK -- Dylan McDermott, Zoe Saldana, Lake Bell, Nick Stahl, Paz Vega and Shannen Doherty are about to set Los Angeles on fire.

They're heading into "Burning Palms," writer-director Christopher Landon's satire of Angeleno stereotypes as told through five interlacing stories.

The large ensemble cast also includes Adriana Barraza, Colleen Camp, Jamie Chung, Robert Hoffman, Peter Macdissi, Emily Meade, Anson Mount, Rosamund Pike, Austin Williams and Tom Wright. Each of their characters confronts taboos and an uncertain, often darkly humorous fate.

Oren Segal, Steven Prince and Jason Hewitt are producing the indie feature with exec producers Tyler Thompson, Vince Morella and Naz Jafri. Landon ("Disturbia"), who recently wrote "The Flock" for Warners, makes his directorial debut with "Palms."

"It's kind of like a John Waters version of 'Short Cuts,' " Segal said. The segments are based on popular stereotypes of West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Westwood and Holmby Hills.

Several members of the ensemble are on the verge of breaking out in prominent projects, including Saldana (as Uhura in "Star Trek"), Bell ("Pride & Glory") and Meade ("25/8").

The production is financed with private equity arranged through Films in Motion. Principal photography is under way in Los Angeles and moves to Baton Rouge, La., next week.