As principal photography commences it’s been confirmed that Robert Sheehan (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Misfits), Jack Fox (Dracula, Fresh Meat), Lily Cole (The Moth Diaries, Snow-white and the Huntsman) David O’Hara (Reach Me, The Departed) and Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre, The Tudors) are all set to star in the Brit drama, The Messenger.
The film is written by Andrew Kirk and will be directed by double BAFTA and Emmy award-winning director David Blair (Best Laid Plans, Accused). Interestingly although the synopsis could be read as a straightforward drama, producer Terry Stone ways, “The Sixth Sense was one of my favourite films and when I first read The Messenger I was reminded of that film. When a screenplay makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up you know you have to get it made.”
Here is that synopsis: ‘To the outside world looking in, Jack’s not well. He’s been in and out of secure units all of his young life, had every drug they can throw at him, every treatment they can think of… but nothing can make the dead go away, they always find a way through.
‘The Messenger is the story of Jack’s last melt down: a story of frustration and guilt, love and betrayal, family and blame. Unwillingly becoming embroiled in the unfinished business of Mark, a journalist brutally murdered in the local park and his television presenter wife, Sarah, to whom he’s desperate to say one last goodbye, Jack finds himself getting closer to Sarah, obsessed with passing on Mark’s message.
‘Discovering hidden secrets and lies finally pushes the fragile Jack over the edge but there is hope when his estranged sister, Emma, gets in touch. Jack starts to remember the past they shared together and as the memories come flooding back, he starts to confront the truth about the death of his father.’