Budding Broad Green Pictures has wrangled a strong cast for its upcoming “Brain on Fire,” adapted from Susannah Cahalan’s lauded 2012 memoir and directed by Irish indie Gerard Barrett. Carrie-Anne Moss (underused) and Richard Armitage (of TV’s “Hannibal”) have just joined.
The film will star two kickass women — Chloë Grace Moretz and Jenny Slate — and emerging young star Thomas Mann, the “Me” of Sundance smash “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” Moretz plays rising New York Post journalist Cahalan who starts having seizures and hearing voices, rapidly descending into insanity and violence. A series of outbursts, misdiagnoses and a prolonged hospital stay lead her to a doctor who finally gives her a diagnosis, and hope to rebuild her life.
Charlize Theron, A.J. Dix and Beth Kono of Denver & Delilah, and Rob Merilees and Lindsay Macadam of Foundation Features are producing. Broad Green will distribute in the US, with studio partner Mister Smith Entertainment shopping international rights following a European Film Market push in February. Mister Smith and Broad Green are also partnering on Lucy Walker’s sequel to “Buena Vista Social Club.”
Principal photography on “Brain on Fire” will begin July 13 in Vancouver and the film is set for release in 2016.