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Berlin: Ben Winchell, Ana Villafane Join ‘Max Steel’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane to star in Dolphin Films and Mattel’s live-action feature adaptation

Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane will star in “Max Steel” as Max McGrath and Sydney Gardner.

The castings are the latest component in a campaign by Mattel and Dolphin Films to launch “Max Steel” as a live-action superhero franchise feature film.

The film will be sold through the strategic partnership between Dolphin Films Intl. and IM Global at the European Film Market with a presentation today.

Open Road will release the film in the U.S. next year.

Christopher Yost (“Thor: The Dark World”) is writing and Stewart Hendler is on board to direct the story of teen Max McGrath and his alien companion Steel, who combine special turbo-energy powers to become Max Steel.

Mattel re-introduced the Max Steel franchise last year and has subsequently launched the brand in more than 150 countries with branded entertainment, toys, games and publishing.
“Max Steel is an aspirational high school superhero supported by an action-packed narrative that’s well-suited for the world stage,” said producer Julia Pistor.

Mattel and Dolphin announced the partnership in September, with Open Road on board for U.S. distribution.

Winchell’s credits include “Necessary Roughness.” He’s represented by the Gersh Agency, Stokes Management and Felker Toczek Suddleson.

Villafane’s credits include “Los Americans” series and “Hiding.” She is repped by Osbrink Talent Agency and Manny Arca at Dolphin Talent Management.

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