McDermott, Graham on 'Texas' map


Heather Graham and Dylan McDermott have joined the cast of Brad Isaacs' 1960s period drama "A West Texas Children's Story."

The indie film, from Thom Mount's Whitsett Hill Entertainment, revolves around two 12-year-olds who embark on an adventure to improve their lives after living with abusive parents. AnnaSophia Robb ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") and Cayden Boyd ("X-Men: The Last Stand") play the children.

Graham and McDermott play the girl's beatnik aunt and uncle who teach the children about their alternative lifestyle. Lara Flynn Boyle and Matthew Modine play the boy's parents. Val Kilmer also is in the film, which marks a directorial debut for Isaacs.

Based on an original screenplay by Isaacs (writer on "Roseanne," "Newhart" and "The Larry Sanders Show"), "Texas" is filming in Albuqurque, N.M.

Boulevard Pictures, the film arm of Whitsett Hill Entertainment, and Miami-based Wolfgang Cinema are financing the film. Peace Arch Films is handling foreign distribution.

Former Universal studio executive Mount will executive produce along with Polly Platt ("The War of the Roses") and Ryan Howe. First-timers Morna Ciraki and Arturo Muyshondt will produce.

Whitsett Hill Entertainment, based at Universal Studios, was founded by Mark Davis, Ryan Howe and Roger Howe.