Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, August 27: Principal photography begins today in Los Angeles on erotic thriller PLUSH directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and produced by Jason Blum, producer of the Paranormal Activity franchise. The picture is being financed by IM Global’s genre label Octane.

PLUSH stars a sexy young cast, including Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, The Uninvited), Xavier Samuel (Twilight Sage: Eclipse, Anonymous) and Cam Gigandet (Easy A, Never Back Down) in a story of rising rock star Hayley (Browning) who, after losing her band mate and brother to a drug overdose, finds herself in a downward spiral. The second album from her band Plush is received as a critical and commercial disaster, but she finds new hope and friendship in Enzo ( Samuel), the replacement guitarist who inspires her to reach new creative heights. However, their collaboration soon crosses the line sexually and Hayley, not wanting to betray her husband (Gigandet), retreats from Enzo’s advances. As Hayley slowly discovers Enzo’s dark and troubled history, she realizes she may have let a madman into her home and family and that her mistake may cost the lives of people closest to her.

Said IM Global CEO Stuart Ford who executive produces alongside colleagues Steve Squillante and Michael Roban: “We have a director and a producer with more than a billion dollars of box office under their belts and who have launched two of the most successful franchises of all time. Ally those credentials to a brilliantly twisting, erotic screenplay and a vibrant young cast and we couldn’t be more excited about the film’s prospects.”

PLUSH represents the 14th film that the prolific IM Global and its related entities have financed or co-financed in the past two and a half years. CAA is repping U.S. rights.