Justin Long joins ‘Lavender’

by Rob Caprilozzi

Lavender, which started principal photography recently in and around Toronto, has added Justin Long (The Break-Up, Dodgeball, Jeepers Creepers) to its cast.  Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (Small Town Murder Songs, The Last Exorcism Part II), the film also stars Abbie Cornish, (Limitless, Robocop, Sucker Punch),  Diego Klattenhoff (The Blacklist, Homeland, Pacific Rim), and Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County, The Grey).

When a photographer, (Cornish), suffers severe memory loss after a traumatic accident, strange clues amongst her photos suggest she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had. Long plays a psychiatrist who helps her recover lost memories, while Klattenhoff and Mulroney play her husband and uncle respectively.

“Lavender is a taut psychological thriller on par with the best the genre has to offer.” says Andrea Iervelino CEO of AMBI Group. “We’re thrilled to have such a talented cast to bolster the subtlety and nuance needed to realize such a suspenseful and engaging film,” says Silvio Muraglia, president of Paradox Studios.

Lavender is co-written by Gass-Donnelly and Colin Frizzell.  Gass-Donnelly is producing the film with Dave Valleau (Reasonable Doubt, Capote, Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus) through Valleau’s South Creek Pictures banner.

Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group is co-financing Lavender with Muraglia’s Paradox Studios with additional financing provided by  The Movie Network, a division of Bell Media, and Movie Central, the Harold Greenberg Fund and Telefilm Canada. Iervolino, Lady Bacardi and Muraglia are executive producers along with Jennifer Levine, Emily Alden and Tex Antonucci.

AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the AMBI Group, is handling international sales, excluding Canada where Pacific Northwest Pictures has distribution rights and will release the film. XYZ Films will handle domestic sales.

Lavender is slated to wrap on June 29, 2015.

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