Boyd Holbrook to star in ‘Little Accidents’

'Hatfields' thesp will topline indie drama

“The Host” star Boyd Holbrook, who played Kevin Costner’s son in “Hatfields & McCoys” and was just named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch in 2012, is attached to topline the indie drama “Little Accidents.”

Sara Colangelo wrote and will direct the feature adaptation of her 2010 award-winning short film of the same name, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Anne Carey (“Adventureland”) is producing with Mindy Goldberg (“Junebug”) for Epoch Films.

Set in a small American coal-mining town left devastated by a mining accident that killed 12 men, story explores tragedy and redemption through the intersecting lives of three people — the lone survivor (Holbrook), a mourning mother and 14 year-old boy with a secret of his own.

Role may have extra poignancy for Holbrook, whose father operated a bulldozer in a coal mine for 30 years.

Little Accidents” was one of 165 development projects selected for the IFP’s 2012 Project Forum along with Black Sheep Entertainment’s comedy “Life Partners” and the Alicia Van Couvering-produced drama “Memphis.” It was also selected for the Sundance Institute’s 2011 Screenwriters Lab.

Holbrook started his feature career with a role in Gus Van Sant’s “Milk” and went on to play a younger version of Joshua Leonard’s character in Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut “Higher Ground.” He has continued to work with high-caliber filmmakers with roles in Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace pic “Behind the Candelabra” and an untitled Terrence Malick film, as well as Scott Cooper’s thriller “Out of the Furnace” and Naomi Foner’s “Very Good Girls.” He’s also attached to direct one of his own scripts that Christine Vachon has agreed to produce. Open Road Films will release Andrew Niccol’s “The Host” on March 29, 2013.

Colangelo is an NYU grad whose short “Halal Vivero” was a national finalist for the 2006 Student Academy Awards. She also directed the feature-length documentary “Bill,” about the punk rock singer with Down Syndrome.

Holbrook is repped by CAA and manager Cathy Kanner of Kanner Entertainment.

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