“The Occult” Nabs Stars and Oscar Nominated Director

Star News Online, 2 March 2012
By Brian Tucker

According to a report by Variety on Friday actors Rufus Sewell, Anne Heche and Alycia Debnam-Carey are in final negations to star in “The Occult” that is set to film in the area.

“The Occult” is a slasher/thriller/mystery about a small commune on the outside of town where its people remain guarded and adhere to strict rules. The leader of the commune believes in an old prophecy that foretells the coming of the devil’s daughter via their own people. Others aren’t so sure anymore and some are drawn to life outside the commune. As a group of teenage girls born around the same time approach their eighteenth birthday murders begin to happen, leading people to believe the old prophecy.

The film is being produced by Liddell Entertainment that produced the recent (and very good) “The Grey” with Liam Neeson. “The Occult” is set to be directed by Christian Christiansen who helmed last year’s thriller “The Roommate” starring Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester. Christiansen was an 2008 Oscar nominee for Live Action Best Short Film entitled “Om Natten” (“At Night”).

Heche has worked in the area before - the recent locally filmed “Arthur Newman Golf Pro” and had a small role in the 1997 locally filmed “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” The actress was praised for her performance in last year’s “Cedar Rapids.” Sewell is well-known for his role in the film “Dark City” and stars in the upcoming “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.”

“The Occult” has offices set up at Screen Gems and will be shooting this month outside Wilmington.

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