Collins (“The Blind Side”) was competing with a shortlist of thesps that included Emma Roberts, Kat Dennings, Portia Doubleday and Addison Timlin, Variety.com first reported Thursday.
Anton Yelchin is attached to star in the supernatural thriller, which Stephen Sommers is directing from his own script that’s based on Koontz’s novel. John Baldecchi and Howard Kaplan are producing through their Fusion Films banner, while Sommers will also produce for the Sommers Co.
Set in a California desert town, story follows Thomas, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.
Production is scheduled to start May 2 in Santa Fe, N.M.
Collins made her feature debut as Sandra Bullock’s daughter in “The Blind Side.” She next stars in Screen Gems’ “Priest,” and Lionsgate’s Taylor Lautner thriller “Abduction.”
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CAA and ROAR rep Collins.
CAA also reps Roberts and Dennings along with Sweeney Management and Management 360, respectively. Doubleday is repped by IFA Talent Agency, while Gersh reps Timlin.