Finishing a movie is hard. A little bit here. Half that distance again. Half it a third time. Then, suddenly, you stumble all the way to the end. At the moment? Still splitting half that distance with each step. That means I still have the stumbling to look forward to.
Casting news for my upcoming feature, THE DARK PLACE:
LOS ANGELES — Two faces familiar on network television headline the upcoming independent feature, “The Dark Place,” a mystery-thriller set to shoot in April near Portland, Ore., the film’s producers announced today.
Blaise Embry, whose credits include Showtime’s “Weeds” and the Disney Channel’s “Suite Life On Deck,” will play the film’s lead.
Also cast was Eduardo Rioseco, a recurring player on NBC’s hit family drama, “Parenthood.”
Embry will play Keegan Dark, a troubled young man with an uncanny mental ability who returns to his family’s wine estate to make peace with his estranged mother. Instead, he and his boyfriend find a harrowing conspiracy that casts him as his mother’s killer.
The film, set to begin shooting April 19 in Hillsboro, Ore., is the second feature from Blue Seraph productions, including director J.T. Tepnapa and the creative team behind 2011’s critically acclaimed film festival favorite, “Judas Kiss.”
“We’ve landed a real talent with Blaise,” Tepnapa said. “His mix of bravado and vulnerability illuminates a character I believe will really connect with audiences.”
Embry is perhaps best known for his recurring role in Season 7 of Showtime’s hit series “Weeds,” starring alongside Hunter Parish, and guest turns on NBC’s long-running “The Office,” alongside Steve Carrell, and on Disney’s “The Suite Life on Deck,” and network dramas “CSI: NY” and “Hawaii Five-O.”
Embry is also a successful model, having appeared in ’944 and Dazed & Confused magazines, and print ads from Burberry, Prada Eyewear, H&M, Hugo Boss and VMAN. He recently wrote, produced, directed and starred in his own short film, “Another Stupid Day,” soon to make its festival run.
Joining Embry in the cast of “The Dark Place” is Eduardo Rioseco, who made a splash in a recurring role on “Parenthood.”Rioseco will play Ernesto Reyes, a young lawyer indispensable to running the winery owned by Keegan’s mother. Ernie shares a intimate past with Keegan, one that soured over a series of youthful indiscretions. Yet emotion still sizzles between them, fueled by a passion in Ernie’s soul, far different from what Keegan imagines.
Rioseco is an accomplished stage actor, with roles in “Fame,” “Mamma Mia,” “Wicked” and “Next To Normal.” He appeared in the pilot, “Hacienda Heights,” and will be seen in the upcoming horror-comedy, “Chastity Bites.”
Rioseco and Embry join a talented cast in “The Dark Place,” including Belgian actor and pop star Timo Descamps (“Spangas” and “Judas Kiss”), indie standout Allison Lane (“Going Down in La-La Land”) and rising actor Sean Paul Lockhart, (“Judas Kiss,” “Truth: The Movie,” and “Welcome to New York”).
“The Dark Place,” from an award-winning screenplay by Jody Wheeler, is the second film from Blue Seraph Productions, a Los Angeles company founded by director Tepnapa. His creative partner on “Judas Kiss,” Carlos Pedraza, takes producer duties on “The Dark Place.”
Blue Seraph Productions plans to produce its third feature, the movie adaptation of Jay Bell’s award-winning young adult novel, “Something Like Summer,” later this year.
We landed two excellent actors to add to the OTHER excellent actors we already cast. Once we firm everyone up, I’ll make another post outlining the entire group.