Academy Award-nominated actor Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Cameron Bright (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) have joined the cast of Charles-Olivier Michaud's latest drama One Square Mile. Written by scribes Josh Campbell and Jeff Van Wie, the film will be produced by Howard Burd and Micah Sparks of Phoenix Rising Motion Pictures, and Deborah Moore of Inner Primary Entertainment. Martin Harmon is executive producing for Phoenix Rising Motion Pictures. International sales are being handled by Lawrence Meyers, Bobby Meyers and Peter Rowley of Meyers Media Group. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in August with Seattle, Washington as a possible location.
One Square Mile is a highly charged, emotional story of a disenfranchised teen (Bright) living on the wrong side of the tracks. Desperate for a way out, his life collides with an old reclusive track coach (Jenkins), angry at the world with no purpose in life. The two form a reluctant bond that forces them to face their circumstances as they race to save each other and ultimately - themselves.
"We felt the writers always had Richard in mind when we were developing the script, and we couldn't be happier now that he is on board," said Burd. "Having Cameron Bright play opposite Richard is a strong acting combination that will produce a compelling and inspirational film that people will want to watch over and over again."
This will be director Charles-Olivier Michaud's first English-language film since his Snow & Ashes won the Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film at Slamdance in 2010. Michaud, who is from Quebec, has recently helmed the French-language romance Sur Le Rythme.
One Square Mile is one of the titles Meyers Media Group will be representing at the upcoming Cannes Film Market, with additional titles for their slate still to be announced.