Marquette has buzz for 'Infestation'


Christopher Marquette has signed for the lead in "Infestation," a comedic horror movie from Icon Prods. being directed by Kyle Rankin.

Described as "28 Days Later" meets "Shaun of the Dead," "Infestation" follows a slacker (Marquette) who awakes to find himself weak, wrapped in webbing and cocooned to the wall of his office. After realizing that the world has been taken over by giant alien insects, he wakes a ragtag group of strangers and together they fight for survival.

Rankin, who comprised half of the directing team on the "Project Greenlight 2" film "The Battle of Shaker Heights," wrote the script.

Heavy Duty Entertainment partners Rhoades Rader ("Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story") and Jeff Balis ("Shaker Heights") are producing with T.J. Sakasegawa ("Lake Placid 2") alongside Bruce Davey of Icon Prods.

Icon also is handling worldwide distribution rights and is self-distributing in the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand.

Production begins May 28 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Marquette, who most recently appeared in "Alpha Dog," will next be seen in the Walt Disney Co.'s "The Invisible," set for release April 27. He also appears in Fred Durst's "The Education of Charlie Banks," which is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as the Kyle Newman's "Fanboys," being released this year by the Weinstein Co.

Marquette is repped by UTA, Williams Unlimited and Stone Meyer Genow.

Paul J. Gough in New York and Andrew Wallenstein in Los Angeles contributed to this report.