May 23, 2013

NEWS: 'Hunger Games' star Josh Hutcherson to produce and star in the movie 'Ape'

Our Peeta Mellark, Josh Hutcherson is keeping himself busy baking some great buns (excuse our metaphor). Currently in Panama filming Paradise Lost just after wrapping the filming for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, according to The Wrap, Josh is now already committed not only to star in the new movie called Ape, but also to produce it.
Bree Herzog is producing for Atomic Owl along with JetLag’s Hutcherson, Michelle Fightmaster and Ric Beddingfield. ICM Partners will handle worldwide rights. 
“Ape” is a dramatic tale of a young man’s struggle with mental illness, love and a deep-rooted family secret. 
“We strongly believe in the global appeal of this project and we’re excited to work with Bree Herzog and team” said Hutcherson. “‘Ape’ is a passion project for us and to see it get made would truly be a dream come true.
"Josh is a tremendously talented and versatile actor who has already had an exciting career with roles spanning from blockbuster franchises such as ‘The Hunger Games’ to award-winning independent films like ‘The Kids Are All Right.' We couldn't be happier to be collaborating with Josh and JetLag Productions on ‘Ape,’" said Herzog, whose Atomic Owl banner is also developing Pamela Ribon's script "Thank You For Being a Friend."
Hutcherson is currently in Panama filming the Pablo Escobar drug drama "Paradise Lost" with Benicio Del Toro. He'll soon be seen reprising his role as Peeta Mellark in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which is screening footage at Cannes.

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