It was revealed to B-D today that Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) has been cast to star opposite two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank in the suspense/thriller The Resident for Hammer Films. Antti J. Jokinen is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Robert Orr (“Savior”) and re-written by Erin Cressida Wilson (“Secretary,” “Fur”). Beyond the break you can check out a long synopsis for the film, which begins shooting soon.
“The Resident” is inspired by the fact that every year, millions of single women in America move into apartments for the first time. They do not know who lived in the apartment before them, they do not know their landlords, and they don’t bother to change the locks. This is the story of one such woman, a pretty, young doctor Juliet Dermer (Swank), who is settling into a new life and a new loft in Brooklyn when mysterious occurrences lead her to suspect that she is not alone in her home. Her fears quickly become all too real, and in a chilling revelation she discovers that her seemingly charming, young landlord, Max (Morgan), has developed a dangerous obsession with her. A terrifying game of cat and mouse ensues as Juliet fights to free herself from Max’s sinister intentions.
Exclusive Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales and distribution for the film.
Hammer is producing the film for parent company Exclusive Media Group (EMG), the global filmed entertainment group combining Hammer and L.A. based Spitfire Pictures, backed by strategic Investment Group Cyrte Investments. The announcement was made by EMG’s Co-CEO’s Simon Oakes and Nigel Sinclair.