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EXCLUSIVE: Zoe Bell, Robert Forster to Star in Indie Hollywood Satire From 'For Ellen' Producer

Photo of Jay A. Fernandez By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire January 8, 2013 at 2:28PM

Indie-film producer Jen Gatien (“For Ellen,” “Hounddog”) has pulled together a new project that will bite the hand that doesn’t feed.
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Zoe Bell
Zoe Bell

Indie-film producer Jen Gatien (“For Ellen,” “Hounddog”) has pulled together a new project that will bite the hand that doesn’t feed.

Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Justin Daly, “Douglas Brown” is a Hollywood satire inspired by the inside knowledge he gleaned from grandmother Ingrid Bergman. James McCaffrey, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Zoe Bell, Bill Sage, Dan Hedeya and Robert Forster star in the “Player”-esque story of a reclusive movie star who hires a private detective after he’s anonymously blackmailed. Things turn violent when an aspiring writer is fingered for the crime in a dangerous case of mistaken identity.

“It is always incredibly gratifying to work with first-time directors and give a platform to an unheard voice,” says Gatien, “but since I have known Justin since our high school years, it means that much more. Over the years, I have seen Justin work tirelessly to make this film and I am honored to produce what will be the first of many films for him.”

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For ten years Gatien has peppered the festival circuit with independent films. The music doc “1 Giant Leap” played SXSW in 2002; the Abel Ferrara documentary “Chelsea on the Rocks” played Cannes in 2008; “Meskada” (2010), “Limelight” (2011) and “Jack and Diane” (2012) all screened at Tribeca; and the controversial drama “Hounddog” (2007), “Holy Rollers” (2010) and “For Ellen” (2012) all were selected for the Sundance program.
 

Bell has morphed from a stunt double to an actress who has recently had parts in "Django Unchained" and "Whip It." She will next appear in "Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters" and "Oblivion."

Forster appeared recently in "The Descendants" and "Middle Men." "Olympus Has Fallen" is forthcoming.

This article is related to: Douglas Brown, Jen Gatien, Justin Daly, Zoe Bell, Robert Forster