Bailee Madison

Source: Laura Rose

Bailee Madison

Voltage Pictures will commence sales in Cannes on the morgue-set thriller Play Dead co-written by genre aces Adam Mason and Simon Boyes and starring Bailee Madison, the fast-rising talent whose credits include Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin and The Strangers: Prey At Night.

Patrick Lussier, whose credits include Drive Angry, My Bloody Valentine and Dracula 2000, directs from the screenplay by Mason and Boye, the writers behind Blood River, Song Bird and Hangman.

Play Dead is currently in post-production and centres on criminology student Chloe (Madison), who fakes her own death to break into a local morgue to steal a piece of evidence that ties her younger brother to a crime. Once inside she discovers the coroner is using the business as a front to sell body parts.

When the coroner discovers Chloe is not dead a game of cat-and-mouse ensues. The cast includes Jerry O’Connell as the coroner alongside Anthony Turpel, Chris Butler, Chris Lee and Jorge-Luis Pallo.

Regular Voltage collaborator Lucas Jarach (Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman, Aileen Wuornos: American Boogeywoman) is producing with Bradley Pilz (Seberg, The Wolf Hour), Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City and 47 Meters Down director Johannes Roberts, and Mason.

Voltage founder and CEO Nicolas Chartier (Dallas Buyers Club, Hurt Locker), president and COO Jonathan Deckter (I Feel Pretty, After We Collided, Ava), Adam Hendricks and Greg Gilreath (Agnes, The Wind, Black Christmas), and Boyes serve as executive producers.

Deckter, who said Play Dead shot inside the morgue of an abandoned asylum and predicted it will “capture the imagination and mesmerise” buyers, negotiated the deal with producers Jarach and Pilz.