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New Irish horror The Cellar starts shooting in Ireland this month; Eoin Macken and Elisha Cuthbert lead cast
02 Nov 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Elisha Cuthbert and Irish actor Eoin Macken
Elisha Cuthbert and Irish actor Eoin Macken have been cast to star in the upcoming Irish feature film, The Cellar.

Elisha Cuthbert is internationally known for playing Kim Bauer on the Fox hit series 24 and studio comedies The Girl Next Door, Old School, and Love Actually. Other notable projects include the Netflix series The Ranch with Ashton Kutcher and the ABC series Happy Endings.

Eoin Macken is best known for his roles in The Forest with Natalie Dormer and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter alongside Milla Jovovich. He also starred in the NBC series The Night Shift.

The Cellar comes from the critically-acclaimed Irish writer-director Brendan Muldowney, whose previous film, Pilgrimage, starring Tom Holland, John Bernthal and Richard Armitage, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.  Muldowney reunites with Pilgrimage Director of Photography Tom Comerford (The Hole in the Ground), composer Stephen McKeown (The Hole in the Ground), and production designer Owen Power (Maudie). 

With principal photography of the horror film set to begin in Roscommon this month, Epic Pictures will spearhead sales for The Cellar at this year’s American Film Market (AFM) with Wildcard Distribution set to release the film in Irish cinemas next year.

"Some nightmares are meant to be shared with the world,” said Executive Producer Patrick Ewald of Epic Pictures.  “The Cellar is perhaps the darkest one.  The incredible combination of director Brendan Muldowney, producers Conor Barry and Richard Bolger, along with Elisha Cuthbert and Eoin Macken make this unique and riveting horror story something special to capture the attention of buyers at AFM and audiences around the world."

“I'm very excited to be working with such a talented cast and crew to bring the world of The Cellar into people's nightmares,” said writer/director Brendan Muldowney.

Patrick O’Neill, MD of Wildcard Distribution and Executive Producer on The Cellar added: “It’s exciting to be teaming up with producers Conor and Richard again.  We’ve built up strong working relationships over the years having previously collaborated on projects such as The Hole in the Ground and Cardboard Gangsters.  Irish audiences have an insatiable appetite for horror films and The Cellar will not disappoint.” 

The Cellar tells the story of Keira Woods (Cuthbert) whose daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new house in the country. Keira soon discovers there is an ancient and powerful entity controlling their home that she will have to face or risk losing her family’s souls forever.

The Cellar is an Irish/Belgian co-production with Conor Barry of Savage Productions (A24’s The Hole in the Ground) and Richard Bolger of Hail Mary Pictures serving as producers.  It is co-produced with Benoit Roland from Wrong Men in Belgium.  Patrick Ewald of Epic Pictures, Lesley McKimm of Screen Ireland and Patrick O’Neill of Wildcard Distribution are Executive Producers on the project.  Production investment was provided by Screen Ireland, Epic Pictures, BCP Asset Management, The Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund / WRAP Fund, Wallimage, Wildcard Distribution, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, VOO & BETV.

Wildcard Distribution will release the film in Irish cinemas next year.

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