Miller revs up for motocross


Penelope Ann Miller has joined "High School Musical" star Corbin Bleu in Rigel Entertainment's motocross action-drama movie "Free Style."

Previously titled "Metal Birding," the film, which began lensing in November in Vancouver, also has a new director in William Dear, who replaced Jeff Woolnough ("Taken," "Battlestar Galactica"). No reason was cited by Rigel for the change.

Additionally, real-life motocross star Grant Langston and Sandra Echeverria have joined the cast, which includes Matt Bellefleur and Madison Pettis.

The coming-of-age story centers on a young motocross racer (Bleu) who aspires to win the Amateur National Championships while struggling to support his family.

Miller will play Jeannette, a single working mom to one of the teenage racers who strives to provide for her family while studying full-time to become a nurse.

Langston guest stars as the racing champion that Bleu's character and his rival (Bellefleur) looks up to. Echeverria will play Bleu's girlfriend.

Rigel is producing in association with Up North Entertainment. Executive producing is Rigel's John F.S. Laing and David Doerksen, Jim O'Grady of Waterfront Pictures and Michael Emanuel of Canal Street Films. Randy James of James /Levy Management, Blueman's David Reivers and Donald Paul Pemrick and Dean Fronk of Pemrick/Fronk Casting also are executive producing.

Miller, who recently completed production on the indie drama "Saving Grace," will be seen next in the upcoming comedy "Blonde Ambition" for Sony. She is repped by APA and Untitled Entertainment.

Dear's directorial credits include "Angels in the Outfield." He is repped by APA.