Topher Grace and Susan Sarandon have signed on to hunt a vicious serial killer in the new indie drama The Calling, Deadline reported Friday.
The film will center on Sarandon, a small-town Canadian detective, who partners with ambitious Toronto transfer Grace to catch a killer preying on the terminally ill “to use as disciples in his own planned resurrection,” the website noted.
Scott Abramovitch penned the screenplay for Jason Stone, who will be making his feature debut on the project. Abramovitch’s previous writing credits include two TV movies from 2011 — Prayer Hour and No Surrender — according to his resume at IMDb.
Filming is scheduled to begin this week, so expect this one by the end of the year.
With this project and The Big Wedding (also releasing in 2013), Grace and Sarandon have grown quite chummy this year.
The Big Wedding is a comedy starring Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton as a couple divorced for a number of years, who pretend they’re still married as the family comes together for a wedding — considerably lighter material than The Calling, to say the least.
Grace hasn’t minded dabbling in the darker affairs since his departure from That 70s Show close to a decade ago. His role as Edwin in Predators, the Robert Rodriguez-produced reboot of 1987’s Arnold Schwarzenegger thrill-ride, is a notable standout.
As for Sarandon, the 67-year-old actress has stayed busier than ever with eight confirmed projects set for 2013, including the already released Snitch opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Most notable among what’s left on Sarandon’s slate is a starring role in The Last of Robin Hood, which will chronicle the last days of Errol Flynn (played by Kevin Kline).
She’s holding up extremely well considering she can now draw Social Security benefits. Given a long history of playing strong, sexually-charged characters, it’ll be interesting to see how the chemistry between her and Grace plays out in The Calling.
Will you be watching for this Susan Sarandon-Topher Grace team-up when it drops later this year?
(Let’s hope it turns out better than Sarandon’s last serial killer flick:)