BANG BANG BABY is a musical about Stepphy (Jane Levy), who lives in the sleepy 1960′s town of Lonely Arms with her alcoholic father (Peter Stormare). Stepphy’s dream of escaping to a better life on the stage and screen seems to be coming true when rock star Bobby Shore’s (Justin Chatwin) car breaks down in Lonely Arms. But Fabian, the town creep, tells her that the local chemical factory is leaking dangerous purple fumes that can cause human mutations. Stepphy becomes obsessed with hiding these dark secrets from Bobby.
When you live too much in your fantasies, reality begins to look like a nightmare…
Writer/director Jeffrey St Jules developed Bang Bang Baby at the Cannes Film Festival Residence program. His short films have screened internationally and he is a past attendee of the TIFF and Berlin Talent Labs. Produced by Daniel Bekerman and Christina Piovesan, Bang Bang Baby is St Jules’ first feature film.
Jeffrey St. Jules will direct the movie, which is a co-production between Scythia Films and JoBro Productions
Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”), Justin Chatwin (“Shameless”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) will star in director Jeffrey St. Jules’ indie movie “Bang Bang Baby” for Scythia Films and JoBro Productions, TheWrap has learned.
Principal photography began earlier this week in Toronto.
“Bang Bang Baby” is a 1960s musical about Stepphy (Levy), who lives in the sleepy town of Lonely Arms with her alcoholic father, played by Stormare. Stepphy’s dream of escaping to a better life on the stage and screen seems to be coming true when rock star Bobby Shore’s (Chatwin) car breaks down in Lonely Arms. When the town creep tells Stepphy that the local chemical factory is leaking dangerous purple fumes that can cause human mutations, she becomes obsessed with hiding the dark secret from Bobby.
The film is produced by Daniel Bekerman, Jonathan Bronfman (son of movie mogul Paul Bronfman) and Don Allan, while executive producers are Christina Piovesan, Lon Molnar, Mark Gingras and Ethan Lazar.
“Bang Bang Baby” is a Scythia Films/JoBro Production with the participation of Telefilm Canada and The Harold Greenberg Fund.
VFX company Intelligent Creatures (“Watchmen”) is involved with the project, which apparently named Chatwin’s character after its cinematographer Bobby Shore (“Goon”).
“This movie is poppy and shiny on the outside and on the inside it’s a pretty gritty psychological portrait of a young woman who lives too much inside her own dreams,” said Bekerman. “Jane Levy and Justin Chatwin’s charisma and iconic quality make them fun to watch and they’re also capable of conveying a lot of depth. Peter Stormare is so exciting as George, because he can use humor to communicate the pathos of a character like nobody else can. They all tuned into Jeffrey’s vision really fast which makes us feel like we’re on the right track.”
St. Jules is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival. He developed “Bang Bang Baby” in the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation residency program.
Levy is represented by WME and the Burstein Company, while Chatwin is repped by UTA and Alchemy Entertainment. Stormare is represented by ICM Partners and Silver Linings Entertainment.
Evil Dead’s Jane Levy and X-Men: First Class’ Lucas Till are, according to TheWrap, being eyed by Paramount Pictures to take leading roles in the upcoming Monster Trucks. The live action/CGI hybrid is to be directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Epic).
The screenplay for Monster Trucks arrives from Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who also wrote DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda and Paramount Animation’s upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants sequel.
No plot details have been revealed as of yet, although a release date of May 29, 2015 has already been set. That’s likely to shift, however, unless Paramount gives Monster Trucks a green light and moves into production immediately.
The actress tells TheWrap that the changes made for Season 3 were unexpectedly beneficial for the ABC comedy
When ABC’s critically acclaimed fish-out-of-water comedy, “Suburgatory,” returns for its third season, two major players will be missing from Chatswin.
As part of its deal, show producers, Warner Bros. Television, had to let go of series regulars Alan Tudyk, who played Noah Werner, George Altman’s (Jeremy Sisto) best friend; and Rex Lee, who played the Chatswin High School’s guidance counselor, Mr. Wolf, among other cost cuts.
But, star Jane Levy, who plays Tessa Altman, said that the changes were actually good for the show.
“We, of course, miss the presence of Rex and Alan all the time,” Levy told TheWrap. “But, I think actually it strengthened our show in that all of our storylines had to be condensed and that’s the price of less people.”
“I think that the stories became stronger, the script became stronger, and I don’t think that anyone was really expecting that,” she continued. “Now that there are seven characters I think that’s been a surprise that we’ve noticed, less storyline so more time to exist in them and experience them and I think that’s a good thing.”
Levy did tell us that Tudyk appears on at least three episodes this season.
In addition to Tudyk and Lee, Parker Young, who played Ryan Shay, didn’t return to the show this season. Not only did his character leave for college, but Young found a new gig. He’s currently starring on new military comedy, “Enlisted,” on Fox.
What does that mean for Tessa and Ryan’s off-and-on romance?
“I think there is a big part of her that regrets not giving it more of a fight when they broke up, not trying harder for them to be together,” Levy said.
The good news is that Tessa may get a second chance. Young does come back for a few episodes this season.
“Suburgatory” returns Wednesday 8:30/7:30c on ABC. Visit ABC.com for more on the show.
Touted as one of the most promising up-and-coming actresses of recent years, Suburgatory’s Jane Levy is winning the hearts of TV and movie audiences alike. At age 24, Levy already has shown impressive range in movies such as Fun Size and Evil Dead. We recently caught up with Jane and she gave us the scoop on the upcoming season premiere of Suburgatory, what fans can expect, behind-the-scenes tidbits, and what she thinks of social media.
– The season premiere of Suburgatory is gearing up. What can viewers expect as the new season starts? Is there any surprises and developments with Tessa that you can share?
At the end of the last season, Tessa was living with her mom, Alex, and now she’s back home and has a new view of her dad, more of a gratefulness that wasn’t there as much before. Alex is accused of a mental breakdown and Tessa is happy to be back in Chatswin. Tessa and her boyfriend just broke up too, Ryan Shay, and as the 3rd season starts, she’s regretting that choice.
– A lot of fans have commented on how well you and Jeremy Sisto work together. Did this come naturally or did it take a lot of practice and preparation for you two to give such great performances?
Jeremy already had a 2-year old daughter when the show started, and he had a baby boy a few years later I think? It was recent, but he already had the paternal thing going in and that just continued into the show, and it’s easy to work with with him in the father/daughter relationship. People remember Jeremy as a heartthrob, but he’s almost 40-years-old with a family of his own so he plays the father role really well and it just happened naturally. We connected on that level and we’re also good friends.
– Social networking is exploding these days and this seems to be a popular topic among your fans. Where can people find you on social media?
Oh, I have no social media. I have a few Vines, does that count (laughs)? But yeah, other than that I am not on social media at all, no Twitter, no Facebook.
-Thanks so much, Jane. I appreciate your time! We look forward to one of the most anticipated show premieres of the winter season.
Thanks, and you’re very welcome.
Suburgatory’s third season premieres Wednesday, January 27, at 8:30/7:30c on ABC. For more information, including clips, character info., and to catch up on Season 2, don’t forget to visit the official ABC Suburgatory page.
Want to hear more from Jane? Do you want to see more of her on social media? If so, she’d love to hear from fans. You can reach her publicist, Tra-Mi Callahan, at Tra-Mi.Callahan@abc.com.