EXCLUSIVE: FilmBuff has acquired newcomer Zach Wigon’s debut feature The Heart Machine, starring Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr. and House Of Cards‘ Kate Lyn Sheil. The digital-age romantic thriller stars Gallagher Jr. as Cody, a Brooklynite who begins to suspect that the woman he fell for online, Virginia, might not actually live in Berlin. Wigon wrote and helmed the pic, which debuted in competition earlier this year at SXSW. The Heart Machine is based on Wigon’s award-winning 2012 short Someone Else’s Heart and was completed with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Exec producers are Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jordan Lewis, Abe Schwartz, Andrew Kelley, and Eric Schultz. Paradigm negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. FilmBuff will release The Heart Machine theatrically and on VOD this autumn. Gallagher most recently starred in SXSW-winning drama Short Term 12 and next appears in upcoming HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge. Sheil heads next month to the set of sci-fier Equals and will have Sundance pic Listen Up Philip in theaters in October.
John Gallagher Jr. & Kate Lyn Sheil Set For ‘The Heart Machine’; Gregg Henry Joins ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ Tye Sheridan Heads To ‘Dark Places’
John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom, Short Term 12) and Kate Lyn Sheil (V/H/S, House of Cards) have been set to star in Parts & Labor‘s indie mystery-drama The Heart Machine, from writer-director Zachary Wigon. Gallagher Jr. and Sheil will play Cody and Virginia, a couple in a long-distance online relationship who have never met in person. Cody begins to suspect Virginia’s been living in New York the whole time and sets out to investigate. Filming begins today in NYC. It’s the debut film for Wigon who is a film critic for The Village Voice among other outlets. Lucas Joaqui and Alex Scharfman are producing. Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen of Parts & Labor will exec produce with Abe Schwartz and Jordan Lewis. Gallagher Jr. is repped by Gersh, Station3, and Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo. Sheil is repped by APA and One Entertainment.
After appearing in James Gunn’s Slither and Super, actor Gregg Henry is re-joining the helmer in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. Henry tweeted the news over the weekend. His official role in the superhero comic book pic has not been disclosed. Last week it was revealed that Vin Diesel was in talks to play Groot in the ensemble. Henry is also set to star opposite Christina Ricci in Lifetime’s Lizzie Borden pic following stints on AMC’s The Killing and ABC’s Scandal. Henry is repped by Domain Talent.
EXCLUSIVE: The Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr. is set to co-star opposite Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins in HBO’s miniseries Olive Kitteridge, directed by Lisa Cholodenko and produced by Playtone. Also cast in the project, based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout, are Breaking Bad regular Jesse Plemons and Zoe Kazan. Written by Jane Anderson, Olive Kitteridge tells the story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive (McDormand), whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and a staunch moral center. Gallagher plays Christopher Kitteridge, the son of Olive and Henry (Jenkins). Kazan plays Denise, who works with Henry at his pharmacy. Plemons plays Jerry McCarthy, Henry’s delivery boy at the pharmacy. Olive Kitteridge is executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, McDormand and Anderson. Plemons is with TalentWorks and Hirsch Wallerstein.