Alex Pettyfer, Frank Grillo, Maria Bakalova to Star in ‘Branded’

“Magic Mike” star Alex Pettyfer, Frank Grillo (“Kingdom”) and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’s” Maria Bakalova are established to star in “Branded.”

Tom Hopper will also appear in the film.

Kieron Hawkes (“Power”) is established to immediate the feature, which is based on New Yorker short article “The Brand” by longform journalist David Grann, whose guide “Killers of the Flower Moon” has been adapted in the upcoming Martin Scorsese movie of the exact title. Alessandro Camon (“The Messenger”) has written the screenplay for “Branded.”

“Branded” tells the tale of America’s jail gangs, with Pettyfer actively playing Taylor, a football player incarcerated for murdering a drug seller who joins a white gang in San Quentin. Grillo will perform the gang’s leader Carter, who sees Taylor as his upcoming replacement.

When the authorities test to disband the gang by dispersing its members all over the prison method, Taylor before long finds himself at the helm of a veritable felony empire. But with his spouse Lilly (Bakalova) expecting the couple’s initially child as the gang’s violence escalates, Taylor starts to problem his choices, deliberating regardless of whether to give up his lifestyle of crime – and with it the status and dollars – in order to be a much better father.

The movie is at present in pre-creation and is established for a fall start date.

HanWay Movies is repping global product sales legal rights, with the movie set to start sales at Cannes. CAA Media Finance has picked up U.S. rights.

“Branded” is an Identification Media creation in association with Dark Desires Leisure. Grillo provides together with Anthony Mastromauro (“The Previous Person & The Gun”) and Alessandro Camon (“Wall Road: Dollars In no way Sleeps”). Pettyfer and Ash Avildsen (“Paradise Town)” serve as executive producers.

“I can’t believe of a improved husband or wife than HanWay in having powering this epic gangster story, chronicling the increase of prison gangs in the age of mass incarceration, and a single man’s individual journey to hell and back,” claimed Mastromauro. “It’s an honor to bring an additional of David Grann’s compelling investigative tales to life. Starting off with a excellent script by Alessandro Camon, supported by the eyesight and passion of our director Kieron Hawkes. I couldn’t be additional enthusiastic about this excellent forged starting up with the toughness and vulnerability of Alex Pettyfer, the brilliance of Maria Bakalova, together with the existence of Tom Hopper and the uncooked and immense expertise, of my companion, Frank Grillo. We think we have all the substances to make a timeless piece of typical cinema.”

Grillo extra: “I couldn’t be more enthusiastic to bring Alessandro’s script to existence with this great cast. I have been concerned from the starting and to see this at last occur alongside one another, with Kieron Hawkes directing is a genuine aspiration come genuine for me.”

HanWay Movies handling director Gabrielle Stewart commented: “This is a accurate crime tale on a scale that is each rare and totally persuasive, with remarkable figures that reside in an intensive world where each brawn and brains participate in their element in survival and achievements. It captures the setting up of an empire followed by its collapse at the palms of a gentleman who identified objective and riches inside of the confines of incarceration.”

Pettyfer is represented by ICM and Independent Talent Team, Grillo by CAA, Management 360 and 42West, Bakalova by CAA, Brookside Artist Management and Insight Management & Production and Hopper by Gersh, Management 360 and Waring McKenna in the United kingdom. Hawkes is represented by CAA and 42, Camon is represented by Verve Expertise and Literary Agency and Lit Amusement Team.