Indie crime drama 'Heartbeat' adds two

Escher Holloway, Sarah Habel in Tjardus Greidanus pic

Escher Holloway and Sarah Habel will star in the indie crime drama "A New York Heartbeat" from filmmaker Tjardus Greidanus.

Set in New York in 1957, the movie follows Spider (Holloway), a young gang leader who blunders into the gambling nest of a notorious gangster, makes off with a suitcase full of money and is beaten and left for dead. He is taken in by a sheltered young woman named Tamara (Habel), who hides him along with her reclusive, bedridden uncle, an exiled crime lord.

Greidanus (HBO's "First Look" preview series) is producing with Laura Davis. Shooting begins this month in Pittsburgh.

Holloway, repped by APA and Evolution Entertainment, appeared in the feature "When a Stranger Calls." He also has roles in the upcoming comedies "The Secret Lives of Dorks" and "Getting That Girl."

Repped by APA and Fuel Filmworks, Habel recently appeared on the series "CSI: NY," "Cold Case" and "Party Down" and the feature film "Whip It."