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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Katie Holmes to Star in STXFilms / Lakeshore Entertainment's New Horror Thriller Feature THE BOY 2



The sequel will follow on from the 2016 hit, ‘The Boy’ 

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 23, 2018) – STXfilms, a division of STX Entertainment, and Lakeshore Entertainment have today announced their latest joint venture, The Boy 2, a follow up to the successful horror-thriller feature The Boy (2016), which starred Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans. Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, Phone Booth, Ray Donovan) will headline the cast in the role of ‘Liza’. William Brent Bell (The Boy, The Devil Inside) will return to direct the sequel.  

Principal photography will begin in Victoria, British Columbia on January 14th, 2019.

Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into the estate, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

Penned by the same writer, Stacey Menear, The Boy 2 will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid, as well as Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee.

William Brent Bell’s The Boy was produced for under $15M and grossed $68M worldwide.

Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi commented, “Following the success of The Boy, we are thrilled to be working on the next chapter of this chilling Brahms story with Stacey and William. We are also delighted to be continuing our relationship with STX, on this, our third partnership”

Holmes is best known globally for her role as Joey Potter in the hit TV series, Dawson's Creek (1998–2003), and as Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins (2005). Her other credits include TV series Ray Donovan (2015), starring alongside Liev Schreiber,Jack and Jill (2011) and Woman in Gold (2015). She recently broke into directing with the award-winning festival darling All We Had (2016), which she also starred in opposite Stefania LaVie Owen and Luke Wilson. She will next be seen in upcoming musical drama,Coda, starring alongside Patrick Stewart.

Brent Bell has firmly established himself in the cinematic world of horror, having directed The Boy (2016), Wer (2013) and The Devil Inside (2012), and is currently in-development on multiple projects, including Blumhouse Productions’ TV series, Posthumans.

Having recently collaborated on Pierre Morel’s action-thriller, Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner and the romantic drama Adrift, starring Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley, STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment continue their relationship with The Boy 2STX Entertainment, who is co-producing with Lakeshore, will distribute in the US, while jointly handling international sales with Lakeshore.

Holmes is managed by Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment and represented by Adam Schweitzer at ICM Partners. Brent Bell is represented by Harley Copen at ICM Partners.

About STXfilms
STXfilms is a division of STX Entertainment, a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content.  It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises.
The company is led by accomplished businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, managing partner of the leading global private investment firm TPG.  Other investors include Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia's largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China's leading provider of online products and services; Liberty Global, the world’s largest distribution platform; Dominic Ng, Chairman of East West Bank; New Enterprise Associates (NEA); DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others.  With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market.
For more information, please visit http://www.stxentertainment.com.

Lakeshore Entertainment is a leading independent motion picture production, distribution and international sales company. Founded in 1994 by Tom Rosenberg, Lakeshore has produced over 60 films including the Academy Award winning Million Dollar Baby, as well as the Underworld film franchise, The Boy, The Age of Adaline, The Lincoln Lawyer, Runaway Bride, The Ugly Truth, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Crank, Arlington Road and The Gift. Lakeshore also produced the film adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize winning novelAmerican Pastoral, directed by and starring Ewan McGregor, Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth installment of the Underworld franchise,AXL, a contemporary nod to the classic 1980s E.T., romantic drama Adrift and Pierre Morel’s revenge thriller, Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner. Lakeshore is currently in post-production on The Wedding Year, a romantic comedy starring Sarah Hyland.

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