The Transformers and Safe Haven actor has signed on to star with Maria Bello, Lucas Till and Tom Everett Scott in Strings, from rookie helmer Daniel Duran. Josh Duhamel will play Alex, an Army veteran and counselor in a small town who takes a casual approach when treating Josh (Till). Alex slowly earns his patient’s trust and respect, but their camaraderie is challenged when Josh makes a shocking discovery. The ensemble indie drama, which begins filming Sunday in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was written by Oscar Torres. Duran, Torres, Danny Rodriguez and Phyllis Laing are producing the film.

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