STXfilms, a division of STX Entertainment, and Lakeshore Entertainment announced today that The Boy 2, a follow-up to horror film director William Brent Bell's The Boy (2016), began principal photography on Monday 28 January, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Brent Bell returns to the helm following the success of The Boy (2016), which grossed $68M worldwide. Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, Logan Lucky, Dawson's Creek) leads the cast as "Liza," with Christopher Convery (Gotham, The Girl in the Spider's Web) to co-star as her son "Jude." Owain Yeoman (American Sniper, The Belko Experiment) joins as her husband, "Sean," and Ralph Ineson (The Witch, Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I & II) will play the role of "Joseph."
Written by Stacey Menear, who also penned its predecessor, The Boy 2 will be produced by Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid, in addition to Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee.
Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into the estate, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.
STXinternational and Lakeshore introduced the film for the first time at last year's AFM, where it sold out for all international territories. Following their recent collaborations on Pierre Morel's action-thriller Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner, and the romantic drama Adrift, starring Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley, STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment continue their successful partnership with The Boy 2. STX Entertainment, which is co-producing with Lakeshore, will distribute in the US, having jointly handled international sales with Lakeshore.
Holmes is represented by Adam Schweitzer at ICM Partners and managed by Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment. Christopher Convery is represented by Paradigm, Sinclair Management, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Yeoman is represented by Adam Schweitzer and Dar Rollins at ICM Partners and managed by Ron West and Steven Kavovit at Thruline Entertainment. Ineson is represented by Donna French at Gordon and French, Alexander Yarosh at The Gersh Agency, and by Tim Beaumont and Elisa Christophe at Beaumont Communications. Brent Bell is represented by Harley Copen at ICM Partners.
STXfilms is a division of STX Entertainment, a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content. It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises. The company is led by accomplished businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, managing partner of the leading global private investment firm TPG.
Lakeshore Entertainment is a leading independent motion picture production, distribution and international sales company. Founded in 1994 by Tom Rosenberg, Lakeshore has produced over 60 films. Lakeshore is currently in post-production on The Wedding Year, a romantic comedy starring Sarah Hyland.