Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Michael Paré joins John Fallon's The Shelter

Way cool news reached The Basement today as our bro John Fallon's feature directorial debut, The Shelter, gained its leading man.

Veteran actor Michael Paré (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Virgin Suicides) has officially been cast as the lead role of Thomas.

John had this to say about Paré’s casting: “For my debut, I am trying to surround myself with people that I know and trust. And the same M.O. went for the lead role of Thomas. I needed an actor that I knew as a person on some level, had the chops to do the role justice and who would be an ally on set. Michael Paré was the first name on my list; in fact, I had him in mind when I wrote the script. He’s my kind of guy; straightforward, committed, intelligent and humble. He is also very talented. Elated to have him on-board!”

Paré had this to say about the script: "I read John Fallon's script The Shelter and it tells a great and painful tragedy. Not about global disaster or war or economic collapse but of the individual human heart. The human heart and soul is what all art seeks to unravel. Guilt, regret and shame kill the heart and soul. When our lower animal nature dominates our character our soul is lost."

John wrote The Shelter and produces alongside Donny Broussard (Bigfoot Productions Inc.). Paré will also be the film’s executive producer. 

Here's what it's about: On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear that he did. Inside, there’s nobody in sight and he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting whole heartily on some food and relishing the silliness on the tube, he gets some well earned shut eye. All is well until a restless Thomas wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap. Baffled, he picks up the weapon, checks the barrel, it is fully loaded. A visceral sense of unease invades him immediately. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave. Alas he finds out swiftly that the premises won’t let him depart. The doors are all locked, and the windows puzzlingly cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal?

Cameras roll in January.

Source: John Fallon

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