Young thesp boards Troika crime thriller

Abigail Breslin, the Oscar-nominated “Little Miss Sunshine” star who just wrapped the crime drama “Perfect Sisters,” will continue to explore dark material, as she’s set to join Halle Berry in Troika Pictures’ thriller “The Hive.”

Brad Anderson is directing from a script by Rich D’Ovidio, based on an original story by Nicole D’Ovidio, Jon Bokencamp and the scribe.

Set against the backdrop of a 911 call center, suspense pic finds Berry playing an emergency operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl (Breslin) from a disturbed killer.

Robert Stein and Michael Helfant will produce for Troika Pictures, whose Bradley Gallo will co-produce. Jeff Graup will also produce, while Philip M. Cohen and William C. Gallo will exec produce.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has domestic rights, with foreign sales being handled by Sierra/Affinity. Production is skedded to start in late June in Los Angeles.

“Abigail is always wonderful playing vulnerable characters so I feel really lucky to have her for this role,” said Anderson.

Breslin, who recently appeared in “New Year’s Eve,” is currently filming Odd Lot Entertainment’s adaptation of “Ender’s Game” alongside Harrison Ford. Thesp is also attached to star in Black Sheep Entertainment’s comedy “Virgin Mary.”

Breslin is repped by ICM, Untitled Entertainment and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.

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