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Maddie Hasson and Cameron Monaghan to star in Anna Dressed in Blood

Maddie Hasson

Story by Jack Foley

MADDIE Hasson and Cameron Monaghan have been cast in young adult supernatural romance Anna Dressed in Blood.

Produced by Stephenie Meyer, the film is based on a successful two-book series from acclaimed author Kendare Blake and will be developed through Meyer’s production company, Fickle Fish Films.

Trish Sie, a filmmaker known for her strong visual style in massively popular viral music videos, including her ground-breaking work for the rock band OK Go, will direct from a screenplay written by Allison Wood.

Cas Lowood (Monaghan) has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly dagger, Cas travels America with his mother and their spirit-sniffing cat.

They follow legends and local lore, destroy the angry dead, and keep pesky things like plans for the future and friends at bay. Searching for a ghost the locals call ‘Anna Dressed in Blood’, Cas finds a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before.

Since her death, Anna (Hasson) has killed each and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian house she used to call home, but yet there is something about Cas that compels her to spare his life.

For reasons neither can explain, the two begin to realize that in their opposite, they may have finally found the one person who can help them unravel their complicated pasts, and survive their complicated present.

Principal photography on Anna Dressed in Blood is due to commence in November.

Commenting on what to expect, Sie said: “Finding the right actors has been top priority. It’s critical we achieve just the right tone and identify the magical combination of people that brings crackling electricity to these characters and their story.”

Added Meyer: “We literally searched the world for over a year to find the perfect actors to bring this genre- spanning story to life. Cameron and Maddie, both so talented individually, together have that rare and extraordinary chemistry that lights up the screen.

“Trish Sie has the perfect background to visually translate Kendare Blake’s compelling story in a way that speaks to the modern viewer.”

Of the leading cast members, Hasson recently starred in the hit ABC Family thriller series Twisted for which she received two Teen Choice Award nominations for her role. Currently, Maddie can be seen in Sony Pictures Classic’s release of Marc Abraham’s I Saw The Light, about legendary country singer Hank Williams, alongside Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.

Maddie most recently completed filming a starring role in Novitiate, opposite Academy Award winner Melissa Leo.

Critic’s Choice Award Nominee Monaghan is a series regular on Showtime Network’s Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy-nominated series Shameless, starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, and plays a reoccurring role on FOX’s Primetime Emmy-nominated Gotham.

He has appeared in Philip Noyce’s The Giver, starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, and will be in the upcoming Amityville: The Awakening with Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The book Anna Dressed In Blood was on a variety of best-of lists, including NPR’s Top 5 and the Kirkus Top Teen list. It generated hugely positive reviews and critical acclaim upon its debut.

Author Kendare Blake has written several book series in the YA genre. Her new novel, Three Dark Crowns, will be released in September of this year.

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