An impressive young cast of actors has arrived in Grand Rapids for the filming of “Playback” – a thriller written and directed by Michael A. Nickles and produced by John M. Bennett and Lawrence Robbins for Bennett-Robbins Productions LLC. Filming begins on Tuesday, August 31 and will run through the end of September.
Playback follows a group of high school students who dig into their town’s infamous past and unwittingly unlock an Evil that corrupts and destroys them. Possessing its victims through video playback and using them for malevolent purposes, evil closes in on one specific soul – threatening to expose the town’s deepest, darkest secret.
The primary cast for Playback includes (in alphabetical order):
• Ambyr Childers (Riley)
Credits include the latest Joel Schumacher film, Twelve, nearly 140 episodes as Colby Chandler on “All My Children” between 2006-2009, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) and Carolina (2003). In addition to Playback, Ambyr had three other films in pre- and post-production.
• Dorien Davies (Mrs. Milton)
Credits include This is Not a Film (2003), Lucky (2002) and Trysting (2001). In addition to Replay, Dorien has 1 film – Bunyan and Babe – in production to be released in 2011.
• Toby Hemingway (Quinn)
Credits include the upcoming Darren Aronofsky film, Black Swan with Natalie Portman (2010), CSI: Miami (2008), Feast of Love (2007), The Covenant (2006) and Bones (2005). In addition to Playback, Toby has two other movies in pre- and post-production.
• Jonathan Keltz (Nate)
Credits include 10 episodes of the award-winning Entourage (2009-2010) as Jake Steinberg, Disney’s 2011 release for PROM, as well as appearances on CSI Miami (2010), Heartland (2009), House of Pain (2008), Cold Case (2007) and four episodes as Nate on Degrassi: The Next Generation (2004).
• Jennifer Missoni (Dee Dee)
Credits include 2 episodes of Royal Pains (2009-2010), Medium (2009), Melrose Place (2009), Army Wives (2009), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2007-2009) and Law & Order (2007).
• Daryl "Chill" Mitchell (Wylie)
Credits include 13 episodes as ‘Chill’ Trainor on the Fox network series Brothers (2009), Spike Lee’s Inside Man, the Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2007), 39 episodes as Eli Goggins on Ed (2002-2004) and 64 episodes as Leo Michaels on Veronica’s Closet (1997-2000), as well as appearances on Desperate Housewives (2010), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2004) and Fresh Prince of Bellaire (1994) and the House Party films.
• Johnny Pacar (Julian) ** Born in Dearborn, Michigan (June 6, 1981)**
Credits include 15 episodes as Damon Young on Make It or Break It (2009-2010), 30 episodes as Jackson on Flight 29 Down (2005-2010), Ghost Whisperer (2009), Wild Child (2008), Medium (2005), George Lopez (2004) and 7 episodes as Jimmy Fancis on American Dreams (2003-2004).
• Alessandra Torresani (Brianna)
Credits include 17 episodes as Zoe Graystone in Caprica (2009-2011), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2009), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), Bones (2007), Grounded for Life (2004), Arrested Development (2004) and Malcolm in the Middle (2001).
In addition to the credited cast above, over 100 locals will serve as extras on the project, with over 15 locals hired for crew.
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