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Shepard, Johnson, Shaw Join ‘Cold in July’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Cast complete on Mickle’s ‘We Are’ follow-up

MADRID – Sam Shepard (“Killing Them Softly,” “Mud”), Don Johnson (“Django Unchained”) and Vinessa Shaw (“Two Lovers”) have joined lead Michael C. Hall (“Dexter,” “Kill Your Darlings”) in “Cold in July,” Jim Mickle’s follow-up to “We Are What We Are.”

A successful English-language remake which some reviewers thought even better than the cult Mexican original, “We Are…” segued from this year’s Sundance Festival to Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, consolidating Mickle’s rep as one of the rising stars of U.S. auteur genre moviemaking.

Co-written by Mickle’s regular co-scribe, Nick Damici, ”Cold” adapts Joe R. Lansdale’s cult-classic novel.

A crime thriller, “Cold on July” turns on Richard Dane, a small town frame builder from East Texas who kills a burglar in self-defense. The dead man’s father swears revenge: A son’s life for a son’s life.

But the two guilt-stricken fathers become unlikely allies, aided by Dane’s tough-minded wife and a pig-raising detective from the Houston backwoods, as they discover a bigger secret, darker and more dangerous than any of them could have imagined.

Hall plays Dane, Shepard and Johnson his sidekicks and Shaw his wife.

Shooting from July, “Cold for July” will be ready for delivery early 2014.

Financed by B Media Global, a new Backup Media film fund targeting non-French movies made around the globe, as well as Memento Films International/Paradise City, with MFI acquiring world sales rights, “Cold” is a BSM Studio presentation of a Belladonna Productions movie, produced by the New York-based Belladonna’s Linda Moran and Rene Bastian.

Following his feature debut,”Mulberry Street,” Mickle’s sophomore outing, “Stake Land,” won the Toronto’s Festival’s coveted Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award.

Elsa Keslassy contributed to this article.

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