First-time director Alice Waddington’s sci-fi thriller PARADISE HILLS is coming together with more cast joining the previously announced Emma Roberts, Eiza Gonzalez and Danielle Macdonald.
Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich, Jeremy Irvine from War Horse, rapper/comedian Awkwafina (Ocean’s Eight, Crazy Rich Asians) and Game of Thrones’ Alfie Allen have joined the project which is now filming in Spain.
Set in the near future, the film follows Roberts’ Uma, as she wakes up one morning in Paradise Hills, a high-class treatment facility on an isolated island where well-off families send their daughters to be reformed.
The screenplay was written by Nacho Vigalondo (Colossal) with Brian Deleeuw based on an original idea by Waddington and Sofia Cuenca. Adrián Guerra and Nuria Valls are producing the project through Nostromo Pictures with Lionsgate handling international rights and CAA handling the United States.
Jovovich is probably best-known among the new cast for her role as Alice in the Resident Evil sci-fi action movies, but Awkwafina (born Nora Lum) is looking to become one of the summer’s breakout performers with roles in the ensemble casts for Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Jovovich is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson, while Awkwafina is with UTA, Principato-Young Entertainment and Schreck Rose.
Represented by UTA, Independent Talent Group and Schreck Rose, Jeremy Irvine broke out with his role in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, followed by roles in The Railway Man and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death. He will star later this year in Universal’s musical sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and has a role in James Cox’s Billionaire Boys Club, which also stars Roberts.
Alfie Allen, repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and the Artists Partnership, is best known for playing Theon Greyjoy on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, and he’s had roles in John Wik and in the upcoming The Predator from Shane Black.
The casting was initially reported by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor