Amber Heard and Shiloh Fernandez have joined the cast of Syrup, the film adaptation of the Max “Maxx” Barry novel, Variety reports. The book, a dark satire, is officially described as follows:
The average person has three million-dollar ideas per year. Scat, an unemployed marketing graduate who knows you don’t get noticed calling yourself Michael, has had his first. It’s a sure-fire ticket to the life of shallow fame and fleeting celebrity he craves. But first he has to deal with 6, who is possibly the love of Scat’s life or possibly ripping him off, and Sneaky Pete, marketing genius, refugee from Tokyo, and Scat’s best friendas far as Scat knows.
Barry, who jokingly credits himself as “Maxx Barry” on the cover to fit the novel’s tone, also helped to adapt the screenplay with director Aram Rappaport (Helix). Another of Barry’s works is also headed for the screen with Darren Aronofsky interested in developing his Machine Man. Though it remains undeveloped, Steven Soderbergh was once said to be interested in another of the author’s novels, Jennifer Government.
It has not been confirmed as of yet which roles Heard and Fernandez will be taking on, but they are quite likely those of Six and Scat, respectively. A smaller production, it remains to be seen if some of the many celebrities who cameo in the novel might make appearances in the film version.
Heard most recently appeared in Drive Angry, opposite Nicolas Cage, and Fernandez in Red Riding Hood, opposite Amanda Seyfried.