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Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon to Star in ‘The Hero’

Sam Elliott and “Orange Is the New Black” star Laura Prepon are toplining the independent drama “The Hero.”

Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter and Katharine Ross are also starring in the film, which is just wrapping  production in Los Angeles. Brett Haley directs from his own script that he co-wrote with Marc Basch.

The film is produced by Northern Lights, Park Pictures and Houston King Productions. Producers are Houston King (“Results”), Sam Bisbee (“Infinitely Polar Bear”) and Erik Rommesmo (“I’ll See You in My Dreams,” “It Follows”). Financing was arranged by Gersh and WME.

Elliott stars as a former Western film icon who makes his living doing voiceovers and spends most of his spare time smoking weed or hanging out with his pal, played by Offerman. When he receives some life-changing news, he decides to reprise his celebrated role of “The Hero” in a sequel to the beloved Western of the same name and reconnect with his ex-wife (Ross) and estranged daughter (Ritter).

Prepon plays a stand-up comic on a journey of her own who leads to Elliott questioning the very meaning of success.

Haley and Basch also teamed on the script for “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” which Haley also directed. “I’ll See You in My Dreams” debuted at Sundance 2015 and performed well in limited release for Bleecker Street with a box office total of $7.5 million.

Elliott is represented by Gersh, and by Laura Berwick and Becca Kovacik of Berwick & Kovacik. Prepon is represented by Gersh, and Paul M. Brown of Industry Entertainment.

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