Bill Skarsgard to star in “Battlecreek”

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The Wrap has reported that Bill Skarsgard has been cast to star in Alison Eastwood’s new directorial project Battlecreek (a love story).

Bill Skarsgard (“Hemlock Grove”), Claire van der Boom (“Ruth & Alex”) and Paula Malcomson (“Ray Donovan”) are set to star in Alison Eastwood’s sophomore feature “Battlecreek,” TheWrap has learned.

Connie Hoy is producing under her Maindiner Entertainment banner along with Eastwood, who has recruited her father Clint Eastwood’s long-time editor Gary Roach for the indie project.

Red River Studios is financing the film, which will be executive produced by Red River’s Michael G. Wallace. Production starts later this month in Mississippi.

Written by Anthea Anka, the daughter of Paul Anka, “Battlecreek” is a love story about reconciling the past and finding your future.

Skarsgard will play a gifted young painter with a rare skin disorder who must live his life at night due to his affliction. When he meets a young woman (van der Boom) with her own demons, their blossoming romance compels him to challenge his overbearing mother (Malcomson) and break free of the lies that have bound them together for years.

“Battlecreek” has been a long-time passion project for Eastwood, who previously directed the 2007 drama “Rails & Ties,”. She’s repped by Mavrick Artists Agency.

Skarsgard is the brother of “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard who’s best known for playing Roman Godfrey on Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove.” He appeared in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina”  and will soon be seen in Lee Tamahori’s “Emperor.” He’s represented by WME, Magnolia Entertainment and attorney David Matlof.

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