Indie 'Garden' growing with Suvari, others


Mena Suvari will topline the indie drama "The Garden of Eden" opposite her "Factory Girl" co-star Jack Huston. John Irvin will helm the film, which is being produced and financed by U.K. company Berwick Street Prods.

Caterina Murino and Richard E. Grant round out the cast.

Based on Ernest Hemingway's novel, which was published posthumously, the story is set in the Jazz Age years before the Great Depression and follows a successful young American writer, David Bourne (Huston), and his beautiful wife, Catherine (Suvari), on their extended honeymoon in Europe. Catherine soon becomes restless and starts to test her husband's devotion, pushing him to the limits of her imagination.

Murino ("Casino Royale") has been cast as Marita, an Italian temptress who join the Bournes' erotic honeymoon adventures, and Grant ("Gosford Park") will play the eccentric but quick-witted colonel.

Principal photography began this week, with filming taking place at the Ciudad de la Luz studios in Alicante, Spain, and on locations around Costa Blanca and Valencia.

" 'The Garden of Eden' is a chamber work, complex and edgy; there is nowhere for an actor to hide, no special effects, etc., to distract us," Irvin said. "Each actor brings something special to the piece."

Suvari, whose credits include "American Beauty" and "American Pie," is repped by the Gersh Agency and attorney Deborah Klein.

Huston's credits include "Outlander" and "Shrooms." He is repped by ICM and Brillstein-Grey.

Irvin helmed "Moon and the Stars," "Hamburger Hill" and "A Month by the Lake."