D.J. Caruso had added a familiar face to the cast of his long-gestating passion project “The Goats,” as “The Salton Sea” star Val Kilmer and “Finding Neverland” thesps Radha Mitchell and Kate Maberly have joined the indie drama, which starts principal photography today in Georgia.
Based on the critically acclaimed young adult novel by Brock Cole, pic stars Chandler Canterbury and Annalise Basso as kids at summer camp who fall victim to a cruel prank that leaves them stranded on Goat Island. Rather than face the humiliation of returning to camp, the duo decide to run away together on a three-day journey of self-discovery.
Kilmer will play a deputy sheriff, while Mitchell will play Basso’s mother and Maberly will play a camp counselor.
AR Films founder Alexander Rodnyansky and Media Talent Group founder and chairman Geyer Kosinski will produce “The Goats,” while John McAdams, Serge Bespalov, James Brubaker and Ken Aguado will exec produce.
ICM-repped Kilmer toplined Caruso’s feature debut “The Salton Sea” back in 2002. Thesp, who recently wrapped the title role in “The First Ride of Wyatt Earp,” next stars as the haunted protag of Francis Ford Coppola’s horror pic “Twixt.”
Mitchell recently wrapped a trio of indies including “Gus” with Michelle Monaghan, “Evidence” with Stephen Moyer and “Fugly!” with John Leguizamo. Thesp, who recently starred in studio pics “The Crazies” and “Surrogates,” will soon be seen as Neal Cassady’s wife Carolyn in Michael Polish’s “Big Sur,” which is expected to play the film festival circuit.
Maberly played Wendy in “Finding Neverland,” Marc Forster’s pic about “Peter Pan” creator J.M. Barrie. Thesp will play Billy Parker, the sister of Lindsay Pulsipher’s character Bonnie Parker, in “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde.”
Mitchell is repped by CAA and manager Rick Ax, while A.R.G. and KLWG Entertainment rep Maberly.