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‘Newsroom’ Actor Joins Paramount and Bad Robot’s ‘The Cellar’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Gallagher Jr. has joined Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman in Paramount Insurge and Bad Robot’s “The Cellar.”

Dan Trachtenberg will direct, with J.J. Abrams producing for Bad Robot.

Paramount had no comment on the casting.

The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar and revolves around a young woman who wakes up after a severe car accident and fears she has been abducted. Her captor, a doomsday prepper, tells her he saved her life and that there has been a terrible chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. As tensions rise, she decides she must escape regardless of the terrors that await outside.

Dan Casey wrote the most recent version of the script. Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken penned the original draft.

Like all Insurge projects, the film will be budgeted at about $5 million to meet the company’s mandate of producing small-budget, high-concept pics.

Gallagher can still be seen on “The Newsroom,” which returns in November. He is repped by Gersh and Global Creative-Station 3.

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