Aaron Paul is set to co-star with Jamie Dornan in the Miramax thriller “The 9th Life of Louis Drax.”
Alexandre Aja is directing the pic. The film is based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel, which revolves around a psychologist (Dornan) who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall and finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.
Paul will play the boy’s father.
Max Minghella penned the script and will produce along with Aja, Tim Bricknell and Shawn Williamson.From Miramax press release
Miramax, the global film and television producer and distributor, along with the film’s producers AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures, today announced that Emmy Award-winner Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) has been cast in the upcoming film, The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Joining Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall) in the supernatural thriller, Paul will play Louis Drax’s father, Peter, who becomes the target of a criminal investigation when his son suffers a near fatal accident.
Fresh off his third Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Jesse Pinkman on AMC’s Breaking Bad, Paul is among the hottest feature actors today, involved in numerous projects including Open Road’s upcoming Triple Nine and the recent global success, Need for Speed.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax will be directed by Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension).
The feature screenplay, based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel of the same title, was written by Max Minghella. Producers are Tim Bricknell (Breaking and Entering, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) and Minghella (The Two Faces of January) of AntColony Films, Shawn Williamson (The Interview, 50/50) of Brightlight Pictures and Aja. Rosanne Korenberg (Half Nelson, Hard Candy) is executive producer.
Brightlight Pictures will handle distribution of the film in Canada and Miramax will distribute throughout the rest of the world with Sierra/Affinity as the international sales agent. Zanne Devine, Executive Vice President, Production and Development, is overseeing the project on behalf of Miramax.
Final casting is underway as the producers gear up to begin principal photography next month in Vancouver, Canada. The 9th Life of Louis Drax is a Canada/UK co-production.