Maika Monroe and Oscar-winning actor Troy Kotsur have been cast as leads in the crime thriller IN COLD LIGHT directed by Maxime Giroux (FÉLIX ET MEIRA, THE GREAT DARKENED DAYS) in his first English-speaking feature. This will be Kotsur’s first feature role following CODA. The film was written by Patrick Whistler, and is produced by Mike MacMillan (MOBILE HOMES) and Yanick Letourneau (NIGHT OF THE KINGS), with Jean-Yves Roubin (TITANE) co-producing. XYZ Films is executive producing and financing with investment funding coming from IPC. VC and with the support of Telefilm Canada and SODEC. The film is set to go into production later this year. XYZ Films is handling world rights and will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming Marché du Film in Cannes.
Ava is trapped. Like a bull in a bucking chute, seconds before exploding onto the rodeo stage. She is hunted. Pursued by those who killed her brother, pursued by her own demons. Ava needs to make a choice. To either save herself and fight another day or to push and become the woman she wishes she could be.
In the film, Monroe will play Kotsur’s daughter.
Monroe had her breakthrough headlining the horror film IT FOLLOWS, which won her several accolades, including an Empire Award nomination. She is recognized for her work in the thriller THE GUEST, the sci-fi thriller TAU and the psychological thriller GRETA. Most recently she starred in WATCHER. She also stars in Oz Perkin’s LONG LEGS, currently in post, starring alongside Nicolas Cage, distributed domestically by Neon.
This film is going to be stunning. Kinetic,” say producers Yanick Letourneau and Mike MacMillan. “The gritty thriller at the core of the film promises to elevate in the hands of Maxime and this excellent cast. We’re crafting something unique and with a genuine signature. We simply cannot wait to share this one with audiences.”
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of In Cold Light,” says XYZ’s Todd Brown. “Writer Patrick Whistler has quickly become one of our favorite screenwriters on the planet; director Maxime Giroux is the heir apparent to the filmmaking tradition that has already brought talents like Denis Villeneuve and Jean Marc Vallee to the world; the producing team’s recent credits read like a who’s who of recent Cannes and Venice phenoms; Maika Monroe is quickly developing into one of the truly iconic performers of her generation; and what’s left unsaid about Troy Kotsur coming off his very well deserved Oscar win for CODA? This team is an absolute powerhouse.”
My personal favorite Monroe performance is ‘The Guest’ what is yours?