Deadline is exclusively reporting that Sony Pictures’ Stage 6 Films have cast Lily Rabe, Ed Harris, Vanessa Hudgens, Finn Wittrock, Jack Dylan Grazer, and August Blanco Rosenstein, for the film adaptation of Chuck Klosterman’s novel Downtown Owl.
The story is set within rural North Dakota in 1983 and in the fictional town called Owl where you won’t find cable or pop culture, but you will find a downtown with a first-rate Chevrolet dealership, three bars and a new high school English teacher whose presence upends the lives of locals just in time for a white-out blizzard for the ages.
The film is also being directed by Lily Rabe, with long-time collaborator, Hamish Linklater, joining her as co-director as well as adapting the screenplay. The duo released a joint statement saying:
We are so thrilled to have the opportunity, with this phenomenal cast, exquisite crew, and brilliant producing partners, to bring Chuck Klosterman’s human, haunting, and hilarious novel to the screen. We both grew up in small towns, towns that we love. The town of Owl, sweet and sour, has felt like home to us from the first read and we are elated to be making this love story about home into a movie.
The film is being financed by Three Point Capital, with initial artist support funding provided by Esme Grace Media. T Bone Burnett will be doing the music for the film, and Eric Charles and Elizabeth Grace will oversee the project for Stage 6 Films.