Dark Sky Films and Glass Eye Pix announced today that Kelly McGillis (Top Gun, Witness, The Accused) has joined the cast of the epic vampire road film Stake Land, currently filming in New York and Pennsylvania.
The film, written by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici and directed by Jim Mickle (Mulberry Street), takes place following a global spread of vampirism. McGillis plays a nun who joins a small team of survivors (including Damici, Danielle Harris of Halloween and Halloween II and Conor Paolo of “Gossip Girl”) as they make a treacherous journey north to safety through the war-torn U.S. McGillis’ character, “Sister,” faces a crisis of faith during the vampire bloodshed, ultimately taking up arms to do battle with her newly formed family unit.
Says Dark Sky’s EVP Greg Newman, “Jim and Nick have written a uniquely intense part for ‘Sister,’ and we are thrilled to see Kelly McGillis in the role. This is a very ambitious project, with a genuinely epic sweep, and we cannot wait to bring it to audiences next year.”
The film is produced by Dark Sky Films and Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix with producers Derek Curl, Peter Phok, Brent Kunkle, Adam Folk, and Fessenden, who also appears in the film. Says Fessenden, “I have been wanting to work with Jim Mickle since I saw his short films years ago. My enthusiasm for his approach to genre was peaked with ‘Mulberry Street,’ so when we were putting together the Dark Sky Slate, Mickle was on my short list of directors. I think this one will add legions of fans.”
Glass Eye Pix and MPI recently teamed up to produce Ti West’s House of the Devil, which is slated for a fall release from Magnolia pictures and Bitter Feast, which recently wrapped principal photography.