Producer Donny Broussard and I are happy to announce that RACHEL WHITTLE will be playing the pivotal role of Annie in my feature length directorial debut THE SHELTER, which is set to star MICHAEL PARE. A little story about Rachel’s casting:
We really wanted a blonde for the role of Annie in the name of the cast being diverse aesthetically. When Rachel, who is a brunette, came in to audition, she read for two roles. When she left, we didn’t really have her in mind for Annie, we were considering her for the other role. But on the day Donny and I were looking at the audition tapes, making decisions, Rachel sent us a private YouTube video. She had taken the initiative to go in Studio and re-do her audition. She was totally off book, used props and the intensity and credibility she brought to the role of Annie simply blew us the bleep away. After that video, we just looked at each other, mouth somewhat agape and right there we stopped looking for a blonde to play Annie. We just went with the better actress instead.
Rachel has appeared in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Beautiful Creatures, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and just nabbed a lead role in the series Dark Water which is set to air on the History Channel.
Welcome aboard Rachel! We are proud to have you part of our team!
In terms of what’s next for The Shelter, expect further cast/crew announcements sooner than later and a crowd funding campaign to pop up online in order to raise more money. To be honest with you all, I do have mixed feelings about doing a campaign, with that the more money we have, the better movie we can make. So we’ll see how it goes and take it from there.
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