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Dunton embraces ‘Plastic Jesus’

New indie project written by Bryan Bertino, starring 'Twilight Saga' thesp

After winning an audience award at Sundance for teen thriller “To.get.her,” director Erica Dunton is turning her attention to “Plastic Jesus,” an indie written by Bryan Bertino and starring “Twilight Saga” moppet Mackenzie Foy and Chandler Canterbury.

Production is under way in North Carolina on the coming-of-age story in the vein of “Stand By Me,” which follows three small-town kids who encounter mystery, loss and hope. Foy and Canterbury play the two young leads, while Paul Schneider and Hilarie Burton (“One Tree Hill”) will play their parents.

Indie fixture Joshua Leonard (“Higher Ground”) co-stars alongside Bryce Hurless.

Bertino, whose last produced script was the 2008 sleeper hit “The Strangers,” produces with Adrienne Biddle under their Unbroken Pictures banner along with Heather Rae (“Frozen River”) and Stephanie Caleb, while Global Creative’s Christopher Rockwell will co-produce.

Rae recently produced another coming-of-age indie, Leah Meyerhoff’s “Unicorns,” a Sundance Lab finalist and IFP grant winner that stars Natalia Dyer (“The Healer”).

Foy, who has a handful of TV appearances on her resume, will soon be seen as Renesmee, the spawn of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s characters in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2.”

Canterbury recently played Nicolas Cage and Jude Law’s sons in “Knowing” and “Repo Men,” respectively. Rockwell manages Foy and Canterbury, who are also repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group and UTA, respectively. Latter agency also reps Bertino. Dunton is repped by Echo Lake Management.

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