Lukas Haas (Inception) and Saxon Sharbino have joined Fox’s drama series Touch as new regulars as the series reboots with moving the action (and leading duo Martin, Kiefer Sutherland, and his son Jake, David Mazouz) from New York to Los Angeles. In the first season finale, Martin and Jake met Lucy (Maria Bello), a distraught mother whose gifted daughter (Sharbino) is missing. The casting keeps 13-year-old Sharbino at Fox where she was discovered last pilot season when she beat out a score of young actresses to land the lead in the Karyn Usher pilot. Despite the fact that the pilot didn’t make it to series, Fox brass loved Sharbino’s performance. Haas will play a genius working for the mysterious Aster Corps that is after Jake. Joining Touch as a recurring is Greg Ellis (24), playing a journalist and an old friend of Martin’s.
Starring Lukas Haas and Madeline Zima, Crazy Eyes will have its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival next week. The contemporary noir drama directed by Adam Sherman follows the story of Zach (Haas), whose obsession for a girl he calls Crazy Eyes (Zima) drives him to the brink — as his hard-partying lifestyle conflicts with his familial responsibilities. Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans negotiated the deal with attorney Irwin Rappaport for the feature and plans an early summer release. Strand distributed Sherman’s Happiness Runs in 2009. Hagai Shaham, whose latest credits include The Details starring Tobey Maguire, produced Crazy Eyes with Hulu’s Battleground.
Kajlich will play the estranged wife of the local Sheriff, starring Kevin Durand, in the thriller, which recently started production in Southampton, NY and directed by Jack Heller. Also starring Lukas Haas, Dark Was The Night centers on a battle with a never-before-seen monster living in the woods. Caliber Media Co., Sundial Pictures and Preferred Content are producing, along with producer Dylan Narang and his company P Street Films. Kalich currently appears on the CBS series Rules Of Engagement. She recently co-starred in the feature 30 Minutes Or Less for Sony. Kajlich is repped by UTA, The Collective and attorney Warren Dern.
The thriller from Tyler Hisel appeared on the 2009 Black List of unproduced scripts under the title The Trees. Produced by Caliber Media Co, Sundial Pictures and Preferred Content, Kevin Durand (Robin Hood) and Lukas Haas (Inception) star in the feature, set in an isolated town where a logging company has interrupted the balance in the local woods, and an evil emerges threatening the locals. Sabina Gadecki (Freaky Deaky), Heath Freeman (Skateland), and Nick Damici (Stake Land) also star.
Here’s the international market trailer Universal released Monday for Contraband. Directed by Icelander Baltasar Kormákur, it features Mark Wahlberg as a guy forced back into smuggling when a member of his family botches a drug deal. It co-stars Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Caleb Landry Jones, Lukas Haas, Diego Luna and J.K. Simmons. Slated to open January 13, 2012.
Joining the ranks of Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga in promoting tech startups, Leonardo DiCaprio has surfaced as one of a group of investors who put up $4 million in seed money for visual social media platform Mobli, tech news site Mashable reports. “Mobli allows people from all over the world to share moments,” says DiCaprio, who is taking an advisory post. The way users “share” those moments is by taking photos and videos that Mobli tags automatically with a location or major event that makes it possible to follow specific users, locations and topics. Lukas Haas is another investor. One thing that distinguishes Mobli from similar platforms is the participation of high-recognition names like DiCaprio, David Arquette and even Paris Hilton (remember her?). DiCaprio has posted only seven times, but has more than 8,000 followers. His Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has separately posted 24 times. But those 31 posts have accounted for 163,244 “media views” — which as DiCaprio, Kutcher and other celebs illustrate, a little goes a long way.