Brenton Thwaites, who’s starring in the upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” has been cast as the lead of the independent action thriller “Entry Level.”
Producers are Craig Perry and Sheila Taylor (who worked on the “Final Destination” and “American Pie” franchises) of Practical Pictures and Tom Butterfield of Content Media. Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment will executive produce.
The film is set to begin shooting in the first quarter of next year. It recently qualified for the California Film Commission’s film and TV tax credit.
Thwaites stars as a young man who mysteriously awakens in a high-security office building. He’s then forced by an unknown stranger to complete a strictly timed series of dangerous tasks — which implicate him in a deadly crime.
Franck Khalfoun will direct from a script by Benjamin Hurley. Khalfoun recently completed directing “Amityville: The Awakening,” starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, and set for release by The Weinstein Company in January.
13 Films is handling international sales on the project and will continue sales at the American Film Market this week.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Brenton as our leading man,” Perry and Taylor said. “Audiences worldwide are going to be thoroughly entertained by this fast-paced action thriller.”
Thwaites, a native of Australia, has credits on “Oculus,” “Maleficent,” and “The Giver.” He is represented by WME and Industry Entertainment.