Actress will topline drama 'Oasis'

Rose McGowan, who stars in both segs of the upcoming B-movie homage “Grindhouse,” has signed to play the tragic B-movie staple Susan Cabot.

Thesp will star in “Black Oasis,” a drama written and to be directed by Stephan Elliot (“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”).

Hit and Run partners Hilary Shor and Tony Smith are producing. Shooting will begin this fall.

Based on a Premiere magazine article by John H. Richardson, “Black Oasis” is the story of Cabot’s rise on the B-circuit (she was a favorite of director Roger Corman) and her death at the hands of son Timothy, who bludgeoned her with a weightlifting bar when she was 59.

Shor said the film was inspired by inside-Hollywood pics like “Gods and Monsters” and “Sunset Blvd.”

“This is a story in the ‘stranger than fiction’ style of ‘Hollywood Babylon,’ and a little-known chapter in the seedy underbelly of that era,” Shor said.

Fortissimo Films will handle international sales, with Fortissimo principals Michael J. Werner and Wouter Barendrecht exec producing. Talks are under way with domestic distributors.

McGowan’s repped by Gersh, Elliot by Bobbi Thompson.

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