Upcoming scifi-thriller KIN has landed itself an all-star cast including Dave Franco, Dennis Quaid, Jack Reynor, and Zoe Kravitz. The film is based on the short film Bag Man from directors Jonathan and Josh Baker, who return to helm the feature version. The original short film premiered at SXSW 2015.
The project revolves around a recently released ex-con, played by Reynor, and his adopted younger brother who are forced to go on the run. They are chased by a vengeful criminal (Franco), the feds, and otherworldly soldiers. Their only protection is a found weapon of mysterious ancestry. Quaid has been cast as Reynor’s father while Kravitz plays a young woman who joins them on the run.
The Bakers direct a script from Daniel Casey. 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen produce alongside Jeff Artuss, David Gross, and Jesse Shapira. WME Global and Good Universe will be shopping the feature at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival with plans for an October 24th start.
Franco’s ever-growing resume has showcased his work behind the camera more recently as he directed and produced several projects in addition to starring. He is co-directing Future World with Lucy Liu, Mila Jovovich, and Snoop Dogg starring. He is also adapting Stephen King’s Drunken Fireworks.
Reynor is best known for his work in the Transformers franchise and starred in last year’s Macbeth feature with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. He was seen earlier this year in Sing Street and was on the shortlist to play Han Solo, the role made famous by Harrison Ford, in the Star Wars spinoff film. He recently signed for Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the Detroit riots.
Quaid’s decades-long career has turned to the small screen more recently, with roles in Crackle’s The Art of More, Pivot’s Fortitude, and guest appearances on Comedy Central’s Drunk History and Inside Amy Schumer.
Kravitz is gearing up for a big year. The Divergent star is currently filming Rock That Body with Scarlett Johannsson and Kate McKinnon, and will be seen later this year opposite Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in Big Little Lies and in theaters in the highly anticipated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Franco is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
Kravitz is repped by Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment.
Reynor is repped by WME and McFarland Chard & Associates in Ireland.
Quaid is repped by WME.
Emily J | Staff Writer