Actors Jennifer Titus (Supergator), Luke Macfarlane (“Killjoys, “Mercy Street”), Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight), and Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon, “Rescue Me”) have joined the cast of Tom Holland’s (Fright Night, Child’s Play) latest feature, Rock Paper Dead. Also joining the cast is Anna Margaret (“Scream Queens”), Maureen McCormick (“The Brady Bunch”), and Gabriel Stone (Death House).
Rock Paper Dead is the story of serial killer Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, who returns to his ancestral family estate after being released from the state’s hospital for the criminally insane after twenty years – a “cured” man. Once inside the old house, anguished memories from a tortured childhood and visitations from past victims shake Peter’s resolve, but it isn’t until the lovely young Ashley enters his life that Peter makes a fateful decision. One that rekindles old desires that have always ended in murder.
Macfarlane will play Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, Titus will play Ashley Grant, with Madsen as Detective Doyle Deckert and O’Neal as Dr. Evelyn Bauer.
“Most who know me understand this genre is my medicine which seems insane but it’s true,” says Producer Amy Williams. “I was 9 years old with my baby brother Joey and saw Night of the Living Dead and that was it for me. Words cannot convey how grateful and humbled I am to be working with such genius and legends for the team I was able to put together.”
Jennifer Titus was cast as Zoe in Roger Corman’s Supergator, and as the lead in another Corman film, Cheerleader Massacre 2. A veteran of the thriller genre, she most recently appreaed as Robyn in the Sci-Fi thriller Zoombies.
Luke Macfarlane is best known for his starring role as Scotty on ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters.” He is currently featured in the Syfy series “Killjoys,” as well as the PBS/Scott Free historical civil war medical drama, “Mercy Street.” He also recurs on the NBC series “The Night Shift.” MacFarlane made his feature film debut in Bill Condon’s Kinsey. Additional TV credits include “Smash,” “Person of Interest,” FX’s “Over There,” “Supergirl,” and Robert Altman’s “Tanner and Tanner.”
Michael Madsen’s long career spans 25 years and more than 170 films, during which he has played memorable characters in a long list of box office hits, including: The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill, Sin City, Reservoir Dogs, Hell Ride, Die Another Day, Donnie Brasco, Species, The Getaway, The Doors, Thelma & Louise, and Free Willy. In recent years, Madsen has received Best Actor awards for his role in the Irish boxing film Strength and Honour from the New York International Film Festival, the Boston Film Festival, and the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival.
Tatum O’Neal is the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress), which she won in 1974 at age 10 for her performance as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon opposite her father, Ryan O’Neal. She also starred in The Bad News Bears, International Velvet, Nickelodeon, and Little Darlings. Recently she had a recurring role on FX’s “Rescue Me.”
“I am extremely excited to be part of this film,” said O’Neal about her role. “I am a huge fan of the genre and to know I’m working with the best of the best is the icing on the cake.”
Rock Paper Dead will start shooting in Los Angeles next week. The film also stars Anna Margaret (“Scream Queens”), Maureen McCormick (“The Brady Bunch”), and Gabriel Stone (Death House).
Rounding out the cast will be some of horror’s most memorable character actors, including Ari Lehman who played the original Jason in Friday the 13. Lehman will play an orderly-named Jason in the film. John Dugan, who played Grandfather in Tobe Hooper’s original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, will also make a cameo in Rock Paper Dead.
Produced by Amy Williams, Rock Paper Dead is co-written by Victor Miller (Friday the 13) and Kerry Fleming and directed by Tom Holland (Child’s Play). The film is executive produced by Fuel 1 and co-produced by Miller and Kerry. Vincent Guastini will provide the special makeup effects, Yash Bhatt is the director of photography. Ed Marx will serve as editor, with original music by Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13).
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