EXCLUSIVE: Wish Upon and Summer 03 star Joey King is joining Oscar winner Gary Oldman and Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien in crime-thriller The Bayou, I can reveal.
Shoot is due to get underway in New Orleans in June on the project, which we revealed this week. It will be Oldman’s first movie since his Oscar win for The Darkest Hour. Pic is being sold and produced by Millennium Media, which is cooking up deals in Cannes. O’Brien will play the protégé of a hitman (Oldman) who becomes determined to save a teenage girl (King) from being sold by a human-trafficking ring.
Script comes from Point Break scribe W Peter Iliff, with Runaway Jury and Homefront helmer Gary Fleder in talks to direct. Producers are Natalie Burn (The Expendables 3) under her Born To Burn Films banner and Rob Van Norden (Olympus Has Fallen). Exec producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathan Yunger, Doug Urbanski and Iliff.
Rising actress King is currently in production on Blumhouse drama Between Earth And Sky. In post for the actress are James Franco’s Zeroville and Netflix rom-com The Kissing Booth.
She is repped by UTA, Dan Spilo at Industry Entertainment, and Howard Fishman of HWHM+F.