"We wanted to discover the star of tomorrow, not chase after the star of today," says writer-producer, Brian Lubocki. "We deliberately sought a great unknown actor, and it paid off."
In a world where demons live secretly among us, Jelinek plays Atum Vine, a winged demon who develops something unheard of in the demon world: compassion. Vine must make the ultimate choice, when the life of a young human girl is in jeopardy and all of Demonkind hangs in the balance.
Also joining the cast is longtime character actor and co-founder of the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Matt Winston, whose long list of credits includes Zodiac, Fight Club and Little Miss Sunshine.
Lubocki and writing-producing partner, Michael Hayes, came off a successful Kickstarter campaign in August and are shooting in Los Angeles in late February 2014. This is the first installment of an independent feature film franchise set in Fire City, a story world dubbed by the studios as “Harry Potter for an adult audience.”
Casting continues for the thoroughly scheduled and rigorously planned 18-day shoot. "Now that we have such a competent enthusiastic actor in the lead, we can make it interesting,"
Time will tell. One thing is certain: independent commercial genre films are alive and well in Fire City.
Jelinek is repped by Beth Stein and Associates. Winston is repped by House of Representatives.