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Elijah Rodriguez Joins ‘Soldado’; Tommy Alastra Prods’ ‘Jackals’ Wraps; XLrator Catches ‘Drifter’ – Film Briefs

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Elijah Rodriguez has joined Benico Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Isabela Moner in Soldado, the Sicario sequel directed by Stefano Sollima and written by Taylor Sheridan. The newcomer has plays a pivotal role opposite Benicio Del Toro as a Mexican-American teenager who is caught up between becoming a sicario in the dangerous world of the drug cartels and his desire to do what is right and not lose his humanity. Soldado is co-financed by Lionsgate and Black Label. Rodriguez is repped by AEFH and managed by Artistic Endeavors.

Tommy Alastra Productions has completed production on Jackalsa psychological thriller from Kevin Greuter (Saw VI, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter). Set in the 1980s, the film is about an estranged family that hires a cult deprogrammer (Stephen Dorff) to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back. The film also stars Johnathon Schaech, Deborah Kara Unger, Ben Sullivan, Chelsea Ricketts and Nick Roux. Alastra produced the 2012 documentary Sunset Strip featuring Johnny Depp, Slash, Sharon Stone and Mickey Rourke, and is gearing up to produce The Beautiful And The Damned with Scarlett Johansson.

XLrator Media has acquired North American rights to Drifter, a post-apocalyptic horror-thriller directed, co-written and produced by Chris von Hoffman in his feature debut. A February 24 theatrical release is planned followed by VOD and iTunes on February 28. Drew Harwood, Aria Emory (who also co-wrote), James McCabe, Monique Rosario, Rebecca Fraiser and Anthony Ficco star in a plot about a pair of outlaw brothers (Harwood and Emory) who seek temporary refuge in a desolate town inhabited by a family of psychotic cannibalistic lunatics. The deal was negotiated by XLrator’s Barry Gordon and Mike Radiloff with Lotus Entertainment’s Daniel Brandt on behalf of the filmmakers

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