5 in Dimension’s ‘Heaven’

PARK CITY, Utah — Martin Donovan, Richard Schiff, Joanna Going, Patrick Malahide and newcomer Danny Edwards are set to star in filmmaker Scott Reynolds’s “Heaven” for Dimension Films. The latest project from the writer-director of “The Ugly” marks yet another example of Dimension’s Bob Weinstein using hip, emerging talent to lend an arty sheen to the division’s genre pics.

The film starts shooting Sunday in Auckland, New Zealand, with Sue Rogers handling producing chores. Previously, Rogers produced “Forgotten Silver” and associate produced Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures.”

The cast includes a number of arthouse favorites like Martin Donovan, who is a regular in Hal Hartley’s oeuvre and recently broke out to a larger audience, thanks to his work in Jane Campion’s “A Portrait of A Lady.” Joanna Going starred in “Eden,” a pic which played in dramatic competition here last year.

Schiff stars in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “Lost World” and he regularly appears on ABC’s “Relativity.” Mala-hide most recently appeared in New Line Cinema’s “The Long Kiss Goodnight.”

“Heaven” takes its title from the name of the character played by Danny Edwards — a drag queen fortune teller with genuine psychic powers. Edwards’ character uses his powers to try to protect a friend from dangerous mob-sters. Donovan was represented on the deal by International Creative Management. Schiff is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates’ Scott Melrose.

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