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Mischa Barton and Sean Astin Join Kickback

Mischa Barton and Sean Astin have joined the cast of Talking Lens Productions’ upcoming thriller Kickback.

John Hannah, Michael Biehn, Stelio Savante and Noureen DeWulf have also landed roles in this thriller about a renegade Moscow detective that is investigating the death of a female war journalist. She becomes involved in espionage with chemical warfare and the assassination of the Russian President.

Raza Mallal is directing from a screenplay he wrote. He is also producing with Kevan Van Thompson and Ilja Rosendahl. Mischa Barton will also be seen in Giles Alderson and Martin Owen’s action project For Hire.

Production is slated to begin this fall in Prague and London.

Source: Movie Web

We’ve known about this project for a little while, but it’s good to see it making the rounds press wise. As mentioned, Mischa is also slated to film “Elephant’s Graveyard” part of a potential “Zombie Killers” franchise. Additionally, she’s recently wrapped a romantic comedy titled American Beach House, although we’ve yet to see a press release on this title.

Other titles that we are waiting to hear about include In Love Butterfly, Disengaged, Fast Life and Dirty Money. It’s a great mix of genres so hopefully she’s able to fit them all into her schedule.

Mischa to star in Kickback?

It’s been a weird few months with the amount of movies Mischa is attached to, and then not attached to, and then attached to again. The latest title is a UK production on a movie called “Kickback” that was due to begin shooting in April, but the production date just shifted to July/August. The cast list is a little confusing as the promotional banner for the movie lists Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert Carlyle and Gerard Depardieu among others, while the written cast list on the website has an entirely different set of actors. It’s possible the above names were simply offered the project and are not confirmed, whereas, Mischa’s name is listed both on the promotional banner and on the written cast list which implies that more solid negotiations occurred. Since the start date recently shifted by a few months, that could also alter Mischa’s availability, so again, take everything with a grain of salt…

Here is the synopsis:

Inspired by true events. Some aspects have been fictionalised for dramatic purposes.

Anna is a reporter investigating the atrocities and injustices of  War, She is an independent woman who does her job with determination and commitment. She lived each day as if there were not enough minutes in the day for what she needed to do in her life. A woman who has lived, but now unsure for how much longer.

Working in both camps she uncovers underhand deals and various plots of espionage and counterespionage.  Her enemies think they are using her until she becomes a threat for both sides and somebody has her assassinated.

A Moscow detective, Ivanov, risks his life more than once, to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death. As Ivanov retraces Anna’s steps, from Moscow, London to Bogota and Qatar, he learns about her kind,  loving nature yet  determination to reveal the  truth about the war in her articles and yet she had secrets of her own. The  trail leads him  into a dangerous web of conspiracy and espionage involving: chemical warfare, an overdue library book,  a secret affair, an undetectable gun, a missing daughter, co-ordinated  terrorists attacks and the assassination of the  President.

And you can visit the website for more details.