Logan Marshall-Green, known for his roles in Prometheus, The Invitation and Cinemax series Quarry, is set to star in co-Australian production Stem.
Saw and Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell is attached to direct Stem, a sci-fi pic he has also penned.
Set to be produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia and US horror house Blumhouse Productions, Stem will be set in a near-future when technology has a hand in most aspects of life. Marshall-Green will play a technophobe on a mission to avenger the murder of his wife and his paralysis-causing injury with the help of an experimental computer chip, Stem.
Film Victoria’s production incentive fund has played a major hand in attracting the production, which is expected to provide over 200 local jobs.
“It is not only hugely exciting for me to be making Stem but to be doing it in Australia makes it extra special, utilizing the incredibly talented artists we have here to realize the film with me,” Whannell, who made his feature directorial debut with last year’s Insidious: Chapter 3, said in a statement. “And to be shooting this science fiction film on the streets of my beloved hometown of Melbourne is a dream come true for me.”
Said Film Victoria CEO, Jenni Tosi: “We are delighted Leigh has been able to bring Stem to Melbourne. It demonstrates the confidence Goalpost Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have in Victoria’s creative talent, crews, world class studios and great locations. They are set for a great experience and we wish them every success.”
Stem will be distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment.
Marshall-Green has a number of projects on the horizon, including Sand Castle – a war drama led by Henry Cavill – and the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Whannell has written Insidious: Chapter 4, which is set for US release on October 20, 2017 and is executive producer on Saw: Legacy, set to open in the US on October 27, 2017.