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Highland Film Group is handling International sales on the thriller, also starring Simon Pegg.

Lily Collins is armed and dangerous in this exclusive first look image from Vaughn Stein’s Inheritance.

Also starring Simon Pegg, the high-stakes thriller follows Lauren Monroe (Collins), a prominent family woman and rising star in the New York District Attorney’s office, whose perfect life falls of the tracks following the death of her hedge fund tycoon father. When most of the family’s fortune is left to her mother and politician brother, Lauren receives only a small fraction of their millions along with a mysterious envelope containing directions to a hidden bunker deep in the woods. Inside the bunker, Lauren discovers an emaciated man on the brink of death, Morgan (Pegg), secretly imprisoned by her father for the last 30 years. Unsure of what to do next, Lauren quietly nurses Morgan back to health in the bunker so she can begin to unravel the incomprehensible situation her father left behind. 

Matthew Kennedy penned the script, with Richard B. Lewis (The Space Between UsAugust Rush) producing through his Southpaw Entertainment banner alongside David Wulf (The Night Clerk), and Convergent Media’s Dan Reardon and Santosh Govindaraju (The Night Clerk). UTA and Highland Film Group are co-repping the U.S. rights with Highland Film Group handling foreign sales.

The film marks HFG’s second collaboration with Stein, previously partnering on Terminal, which was released in 2018.

By Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter

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The drama, set in the wake of a school shooting, will see the star play the grandmother who raised the shooter.

Susan Sarandon has signed on to star in Tunnels, a drama from Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas, set in the wake of a school shooting.

The Thelma & Louise and Dead Man Walking actress will play Ruby Love, the grandmother of a school shooter who raised the killer. When, at her job in the local supermarket, she is paired to work with the teenage brother of one of her grandson’s victims, an unlikely and inspiring friendship develops.

Following his 2013 feature debut, Kill Your Darlings — which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan and Michael C. Hall — Krokidas has focused on television work, directing episodes of EmpireAmerican Crime and StarTunnels will be his second feature.

TV screenwriter Victoria Rose (The Time Capsule, Brimming with Love) penned the script to Tunnels, making her feature debut.

Colin Bates and Michael Jefferson will produce the film under their Lucidity Entertainment banner alongside Circle of Confusion’s Matt Smith and Brad Mendelsohn. Ethan Terra and Cindy Bru are serving as executive producers together with Circle of Confusion’s Frank Frattaroli.

Circle of Confusion is the management and production company behind the hit AMC series The Walking Dead. Lucidity is currently in production on Son of the South, starring Lucas Till, Lucy Hale and Julia Ormond.

Highland Film Group is handling international sales on Tunnels and is shopping the project to buyers in Cannes. Also on Highlight’s Cannes slate are Vaughn Stein’s Inheritance, starring Lily Collins and Simon Pegg; Dimitri Logothetis’ Jiu Jitsu, starring Nicolas Cage; and Bruce Willis action vehicle Trauma Center.

Sarandon is represented by UTA. Krokidas is represented by UTA and Circle of Confusion.

By Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter

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EXCLUSIVE: SXSX Special Jury Award winner Yes, God, Yes, starring Natalia Dyer(Stranger Things), Timothy Simons (Veep) and Alisha Boe (13 Reasons Why), has been picked up for international sales by Highland Film Group.

Writer-director Karen Maine’s well-received (Obvious Child) comedy follows a Catholic teenager in the early 2000s who struggles to suppress her new masturbatory urges in the face of eternal damnation. The film won a Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Endeavor Content is handling U.S.

Producers are Katie Cordeal, Colleen Hammond, Maiden Voyage’s Eleanor Columbus (Patti Cake$) and RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira (Call Me By Your Name). Executive producers are Maiden Voyage’s Chris Columbus (The Help), RT’s Lourenço Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas, and Maine.

Highland’s Cannes sales slate also includes Vaughn Stein’s Inheritance starring Lily Collins and Simon Pegg; Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s Becky starring Lulu Wilson and Simon Pegg; Dimitri Logothetis’ Jiu Jitsu starring Nicolas Cage; Marc Meyer’s thriller We Summon the Darkness starring Alexandra Daddario; Trauma Center starring Bruce Willis; Michael Polish’s Axis Sally starring Al Pacino; Southland starring Bella Thorne and Jake Manley; Skylines, the third chapter of the successful franchise, starring Lindsey Morgan;  and Ghosts of War starring Brenton Thwaites, Theo Rossi and Skylar Astin.

By Andreas Waseman, Deadline

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Jake Manley will star opposite Bella Thorne in “Southland,” Variety has learned.

The film centers on a diner employee named Arielle who dreams of a better life outside of her small Florida town. After falling for a young parolee named Dean, she convinces him to return to his criminal ways. With the goal of becoming famous, Arielle and Dean start to promote their law-breaking exploits on social media. Things escalate into robbery, cop chases and murder.

Manley currently appears on the Netflix horror series “The Order” and is part of the ensemble cast of Roland Emmerich’s upcoming World War II epic “Midway.” Later this month, he can be seen in the family film “A Dog’s Journey” with Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad.

The movie is written and directed by Joshua Caldwell. Colin Bates and Michael Jefferson of Lucidity Entertainment are producing alongside Thor Bradwell and Scott Levenson. Garrett Clayton, Katie Leary, Bennett Litwin and Adam Litwin will serve as executive producers. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales in Cannes this month. Production will start in September.

At Cannes, Highland will be selling a number of films, including Vaughn Stein’s “Inheritance” starring Lily Collins and Simon Pegg; “Becky” with Lulu Wilson and Pegg; Dimitri Logothetis’ “Jiu Jitsu” toplined by Nicolas Cage; Marc Meyer’s thriller “We Summon the Darkness” starring Alexandra Daddario; “Trauma Center” with Bruce Willis; and Michael Polish’s “Axis Sally” toplined by Al Pacino.

Manley is represented by ICM, Luber Roklin Entertainment and Ambition Talent in Canada.

By Brent Lang, Variety

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Highland Film Group will launch international sales in Cannes on the sci-fi Persephone to star Mary Louise Parker, Brianna Hildebrand, Emile Hirsch, and Malcolm McDowell.

Writer-director Jeffrey Morris’ feature is set in the year 2185 when humans have fled an uninhabitable earth in search of a new world. When a team of three astronauts discover a massive planet, they are dispatched to engage with an unexpected lifeform that threatens the future of humanity.

Cassian Elwes will produce and represent US rights. Anne Marie Gillen also produces, and Jere Hausfater serves as executive producer. Pixomondo Studios (Game Of Thrones) is co-producing and creates the VFX. Principal photography is scheduled to commence in the fourth quarter of this year.

Elwes produced MudboundDallas Buyers Club, and The Butler, among others, and is in post-production on Dee Rees’ The Last Thing He Wanted for Netflix starring Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck, and Medieval starring Ben Foster, Sophie Lowe, and Michael Caine.

Highland Film Group’s Cannes sales slate includes Vaughn Stein’s Inheritance starring Lily Collins and Simon Pegg; Dimitri Logothetis’ Jiu Jitsu with Nicolas Cage; Marc Meyer’s thriller We Summon The Darkness starring Alexandra Daddario; MoviePass Films’ Trauma Center starring Bruce Willis; Michael Polish’s Axis Sally with Al Pacino; Southland starring Bella Thorne; Skylines starring Lindsey Morgan; and Ghosts Of War with Brenton Thwaites, Theo Rossi, and Skylar Astin.

By Jeremy Kay, Screen Daily

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