Connie Britton Joins Lionsgate’s American Ultra

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Four-time Emmy-nominated Connie Britton (“Nashville,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Spin City,” “24,” “The West Wing”) will appear as Victoria Lasseter in Lionsgate¬ís action comedy film American Ultra. The film started production earlier this month.

Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle and the upcoming Frankenstein), American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins.

A PalmStar/Likely Story/Circle of Confusion production, the film is produced by Anthony Bregman (Begin Again, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert (“The Walking Dead”) and Britton Rizzio, with Ray Angelic as executive producer.

American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent in a government program created by Victoria Lasseter (Britton). In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.

Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions and Eda Kowan, SVP of Acquisitions, is overseeing the project on behalf of Lionsgate. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.

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