Seth Green, Michelle Trachtenberg, William Baldwin, and Harold Perrineau have joined Katee Sackhoff to round out the cast for Sobini Films' dark comedy Sexy Evil Genius. Shawn Piller is making his feature directorial debut on the project which was written by Scott Lew, a scribe diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and who can only communicate via the written word.
Lloyd Segan of Piller/Segan/Shepherd and David Higgins (Hard Candy) of Launchpad Productions are producing along with Sobini Films' Mark Amin. Cami Winikoff of Sobini and Scott Shepherd are executive producers. Sackhoff, Todd Ulman, and Nellie Nugiel are co-producers.
Piller is a veteran of episodic television and has directed and served as executive producer on shows The Dead Zone, Haven, Wildfire, and Greek.
Amin commented, "I have been looking for a script that was original, had great characters, a seasoned director with a vision, and a compelling story. When Sexy Evil Genius attracted such a great cast, I knew we had found our film."
Sexy Evil Genius is a dark comedy about an eclectic group of strangers invited to a downtown Los Angeles bar by a mutual ex-lover, Nikki Franklyn (Sackhoff), a maddeningly sexy, unpredictable and possibly insane young woman who's recently gotten out of prison for murdering her last ex-boyfriend. The party really gets started when Nikki herself arrives, hauling her latest lover and fiancée, the morally-challenged lawyer who's been handling her case. She's mysterious about her intentions and her current and former lovers soon realize they are all caught in one of her brilliant, mischievous mind-games with possible deadly consequences.
Lew is stricken with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease.) He is almost fully paralyzed and writes by moving his head in slight motions that connect to a digital keyboard screen. He literally wrote the script one letter, one word at a time. Lew wrote and directed the film Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas in the early years of his diagnosis, but has been solely focused on writing as his condition has worsened. At this point in his life, he is only able to communicate via his email and digital keyboard.
Mark Amin's Sobini Films productions include The Prince and Me, Peaceful Warrior, based on the best-selling motivational book; and Chrissa Stands Strong, created as a companion piece to the best-selling line of American Girl dolls. Amin's past credits include the critically acclaimed Eve's Bayou starring Samuel L. Jackson and Frida, distributed by Miramax Films, which garnered six Academy Award nominations.