Thesps ‘Grow Up’ for 19 year-old director

AJ Bowen, Barbara Crampton join cast of Emily Hagins feature

Horror movie veterans AJ Bowen and Barbara Crampton, who co-star in Adam Wingard’s “You’re Next,” have joined the cast of 19 year-old writer-director Emily Hagins’ fourth feature “Grow Up, Tony Phillips.”

Hagins’ “My Sucky Teen Romance” stars Tony Vespe and Devin Bonnee are set to star alongside Jamie Landau, the son of producer Jon Landau who will be making his feature acting debut.

Indie comedy follows a Halloween-loving teenager who doesn’t think childhood passions should have an expiration date.

Paul Gandersman and Peter Hall, founders of the Austin, Texas-based Arcanum Pictures, are set to produce the pic, which will start filming later this year in and around Central Texas. The production is currently raising a portion of its budget on Kickstarter.

Hagins, a filmmaker from Austin, Texas made her feature directorial debut at age 11 with the horror pic “Pathogen.” Her most recent film, the vampire comedy My Sucky Teen Romance, enjoyed its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it was acquired by Dark Sky Films for U.S. distribution.

Bowen, who is repped by One Entertainment, previously starred in Adam Green’s “Hatchet II,” Ti West’s “The House of the Devil” and Wingard’s “A Horrible Way to Die.”

Crampton, who has appeared in cult classics “Re-Animator” and “Chopping Mall,” will soon be seen in Rob Zombie’s “The Lords of Salem.” She’s repped by AEF, ADA Management Group and Silver Mine Entertainment.

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