Quirky Casting Continues in Fox’s ‘S. Darko’

One of the quirky little things that I love about Richard Kelly’s cult classic DONNIE DARKO was the odd casting of stars like Patrick Swayze; it looks as if 20th Century Fox is keeping the spirit of the franchise alive with some weird casting of their own. Inside you’ll find out the two latest people to join S. Darko, which is being directed by Chris Fisher.Elizabeth Berkley and Briana Evigan have boarded “S. Darko” (aka “Samantha D”), the sequel to “Donnie Darko” being directed by Chris Fisher. Ash R. Shah is producing.

Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl”) and Justin Chatwin (“The Chumscrubber”) also are in the movie, which stars Daveigh Chase, reprising her role from the original cult classic.

The story, set seven years after the first film, follows Donnie Darko’s sister, Samantha, who, in dealing with her broken family, flees town with her best friend (Evigan) when they are plagued by bizarre visions.

Production has begun in Utah.

Berkley is playing a speed freak-turned-Jesus freak whose sentiments about ridding the world of its exponential sin are rivaled only by her infatuation with her dreamy pastor.

Evigan, repped by Gersh and Luber Roklin Entertainment, starred in “Step Up 2 the Streets” and appears on NBC’s summer series “Fear Itself.”

Berkley, of “Showgirls” and “Saved by the Bell” fame, recently wrapped a stint on “CSI: Miami” and completed filming “The Butlers in Love,” directed by David Arquette. She is repped by Innovative Artists and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Entertainment.