William Hurt and Alice Braga have joined the cast of revenge thriller “By Way of Helena,” which also stars Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. WestEnd Films has boarded the film as international sales agent, and will be introducing the film to buyers at Toronto.
The pic is the sophomore feature of director Kieran Darcy-Smith, whose 2012 thriller, “Wish You Were Here,” starred Joel Edgerton. That film played Sundance and subsequently scooped up several awards in Darcy-Smith’s native Australia.
Matt Cook (“Triple Nine”) penned the “Helena” screenplay, and executive produces.
Set in the Great Plains of 1880s, Texas Ranger David (Hemsworth) is sent to the secretive and isolated town of Mount Hermon to investigate the murders and disappearances of the local population. Elusive, charismatic and unsettling preacher Abraham (Harrelson) seems to be holding all the townsfolk in some kind of fearful grip — and he and David go back further than anyone realizes. As David uncovers the secret behind the murders, he finds himself facing the forces of the town alone, culminating in a bloody manhunt.
Pic, which starts principal photography on Sept. 15, was developed by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who are producing the film under their Mandeville Films banner. Atomic Entertainment’s Adam Rosenfelt and Maureen Meulen are producing alongside Mandeville, and are also financing the film. Nathalie Marciano serves as executive producer. WME and CAA are handling North American rights.