Sewell, Heche in negotiations to join the thriller

Producer Mickey Liddell has set up “The Occult” with Rufus Sewell, Anne Heche and newcomer Alycia Debnam-Carey in final negotiations to star in the thriller, which Christian Christiansen will direct.

Story follows a small commune dealing with a prophecy that predicts the coming of the devil’s daughter. As the shared 18th birthday of five girls approaches, a sequence of murders causes panic to spread through the community, making some wonder whether the prophecy is coming true or if someone is silencing those who know too much.

Liddell and Pete Shilaimon will produce with Michael Zelman, while Jennifer Hilton and Scott Holroyd will exec produce. Liddell will finance the pic through his Liddell Entertainment banner and release it through the company’s new distribution wing.

Pic will go into production this month in North Carolina.

Liddell most recently produced Open Road’s Liam Neeson starrer “The Grey,” helmed by Joe Carnahan, which cost $20 million to make and has grossed more than $50 million worldwide since its Jan. 27 release.

Sewell can be seen next in Fox’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” and Christiansen most recently helmed “The Roommate.”

WME reps Christiansen and Sewell, who’s also repped by Julian Belfrage Associates and Parseghian/Planco. Debnam-Carey is repped by ICS, Management 360 and attorney Stewart Brookman. Heche, who recently appeared in “Rampart,” is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.

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