Netflix’s new reboot of Lost in Space will debut next month on the streaming service, and when it does, it’s going to make a star of Taylor Russell, who plays Judy Robinson on the show. Russell is an up-and-coming talent who I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time with over the past few years, so it wasn’t surprising when I read that she has booked the female lead opposite Charlie Plummer in the indie movie WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS.
Thor Freudenthal (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) is directing from a script by Nick Naveda, who adapted the book by Julia Walton. LD Entertainment financing the film, which is being produced by Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon.
Plummer will star as Adam, a schizophrenic young man who sees and hears people who aren’t there. After starting a new drug trial that helps him ignore his visions, Adam enrolls at a new school, but when the truth begins to come out about his condition, he’s forced to make some difficult decisions.
Russell will play Plummer’s love interest, who he’s desperate to keep his secret from. The script offers both rising stars the chance to explore some complex emotions on screen. Now, Plummer has established himself over the past few months between All the Money in the World and Lean on Pete, so the fact that Russell won this role opposite him is a strong sign of confidence in her acting abilities.
In addition to Lost in Space, which hits Netflix on April 13, Russell has wrapped Sony’s low-budget action-thriller The Maze starring Deborah Ann Woll, Logan Miller and Tyler Labine, as well as the Lois Duncan adaptation Down a Dark Hall starring AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman. She’ll also be seen alongside Neve Campbell and Steve Coogan in the indie Hot Air.
Russell is represented by UTA, Play Management and Thruline Entertainment, and contrary to what her IMDb page says, she did not appear in the 2017 film Before I Fall. Her casting was first reported by Variety.
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