'Shameless' Actor Justin Chatwin Joins 'Urge' (Exclusive)

Justin Chatwin - H 2014
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Justin Chatwin - H 2014

Pierce Brosnan is starring in the indie thriller

Shameless actor Justin Chatwin has joined indie thriller Urge, starring Pierce Brosnan.

Veteran producer Aaron Kaufman (Machete, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Chef) is making his directorial debut with the film. The story centers on a group of friends who escape to an island destination weekend and find themselves unable to resist trying a new designer drug. But the drug has one major side effect: it makes people lose the ability to control their urges.

Justin will play a character named Jason, who is the the film's protagonist. Brosnan is playing the creator and gatekeeper of the island's new drug.

The cast also features Ashley Greene, Danny Masterson, Bar Paly, Alexis Knapp, Chris Geere and Nick Thune.

Bridgeworks Media Capital, TCI and 360 Elite Media & Entertainment are financing the film, which is produced by Skip Williamson and Mark Neveldine through their Blackmrkt Incorporated banner. The film begins production in New York in October.

Tim Smith, Alastair Burlingham, Lee Vandermolen, Yoram Barzilai, Frank Martinez, Anthony Gudas, Clay Pecorin, Rus-sell Geyser, Gerald Fruchtman and Peter Fruchtman are executive producing.

Chatwin has been starring on Showtime's Shameless since season one. He's got two indies in post: The Greens Are Gone and No Stranger Than Love. He's repped by UTA, Alchemy Entertainment and Sloane, Offer.

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