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Cannes: Frank Grillo to Star in Thriller ‘Wolf in the Wild’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Frank Grillo will star in “Wolf in the Wild” for Awesomeness Films, Variety has learned.

The film centers on a young man who is taken in by his best friend’s family after his grandmother dies. Life initially seems idyllic, until he stumbles upon proof that his adopted father may be a violent criminal. Tonally, the film is meant to be a mixture of “Disturbia” and “Rear Window.”

“I’m excited to be working with Awesomeness on a script that is a throwback to suspense thrillers I love,” said Grillo.

Grillo has been in a number of high-profile projects, of late. He anchors the acclaimed MMA fighter series “Kingdom” and reprises his role as Crossbones in this summer’s “Captain America: Civil War.” Other upcoming parts include “The Purge: Election Year” and “Beyond Skyline.”

Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries”) will co-star. Greg Plotkin (“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension”) is on board to direct from a screenplay by Mark Mavrothalasitis and Will Frank. Awesomeness chief Brian Robbins and Awesomeness Films head Matt Kaplan are producing.

Launched in 2015, Awesomeness Films produces and distributes movies focused on young adult audiences. The goal is to make 10 films annually. It is the film division of AwesomenessTV, the multi-platform media company owned by DreamWorks Animation and Hearst, which creates content for millennials.

The company will be at Cannes for the first time since its inception, selling global rights to “Wolf in the Wild” as well as the upcoming titles, “Before I Fall” with Zoey Deutch and “You Get Me” with Bella Thorne. Good Universe will serve as the sales agent for the films.

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