Deadline is exclusively reporting that Chase Stokes and Sydney Taylor have signed up to topline the YA romance Marked Men, based on Jay Crownover’s bestselling novel Rule, which is being directed by Nick Cassavetes.
The film follows Shaw Landon, who has loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule, a fiery-tempered rebel tattoo artist, doesn’t have time for a good girl pre-med student like Shaw – even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is. She lives by other people’s rules while he makes his own. But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule must figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love…or each other.
Sydney Taylor (whose credits include the upcoming series American Born Chinese and Splitting Up Together) will be playing Shaw Landon, while Chase Stokes (whose credits include Outer Banks and Tell Me Your Secrets) will be playing Rule Archer.
The film features a cast that includes Ella Balinska, Evan Mock, Alexander Ludwig, Natalie Alyn Lind, Matthew Noszka, Hannah Kepple, Daisy Jelly, Michael Bradway, Adam Abbou, Ianna Sarkis, Paul Johansson, Tony Corenlisse and Nancy De Mayo.
Jonathan Deckter, Voltage Pictures’ President and CEO, released a statement saying:
We’ve already had immense success in the YA adaptation space but bringing Jay’s bestselling “Marked Men” series to screens is our most ambitious and promising franchise yet. Nick’s expert direction, the talented cast’s 40+ million social media following, and the massive fanbase of Jay’s six novel series make this one of the hottest titles in the market and beyond.
The novel is being adapted for the big screen here by Sharon Soboil, whose credits include writing the After franchise sequels After We Fell and After Ever Happy. Jennifer Gibgot will serve as a producer on the project alongside Brian Pitt, Josh Keselman and J. B. Sugar. Andrew Panay, Ryan Westheimer and Hailee Kessleman will serve as executive producers.