Fargo’s Joey King (Wish I Was Here) has been attached to play the lead in Chicago’s Corn Bred Film production of Oriole Park. The story revolves around ‘a young woman struggling with the death of her mother and her father’s descent into alcoholism in late 1978, just as the Chicago neighborhood she lives in is rocked by a string of disappearances leading up to the arrest of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.’
This is King’s first major lead after the best thing about an number of projects like White House Down and Oz The Great and Powerful. She joins a cast that includes Joel Murray (Mad Men, God Bless America), Tom Arnold (True Lies, Happy Endings), Christian Stolte (Chicago Fire) and Thomas Beaudoin. The film will be directed by Kevin Slack, a finalist in YouTube/Ridley Scott’s Your Film Festival. His short, The Drought, screened at the Venice Film Festival.
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JOEY KING, GASLIGHT ANTHEM’S FALLON JOIN “ORIOLE PARK” FILM
John Wayne Gacy-era coming-of-age tale set for production in late October
CHICAGO, IL (August 13, 2014) – Joey King (Wish I Was Here, FX’s Fargo) is attached to star in Corn Bred Films’ “Oriole Park,” shooting this fall in Chicago. Joel Murray (Mad Men, God Bless America), Tom Arnold (Hit & Run, Happy Endings), Christian Stolte (Chicago Fire) and Thomas Beaudoin (Other Plans) round out the cast attachments. The producers are currently in the process of filling the role of Joey King’s father in the film.
The project will be helmed by Kevin Slack, whose short film ‘The Drought’ was a finalist among 15,000 submissions in Youtube/Ridley Scott’s "Your Film Festival” and screened at the Venice Film Festival. Slack is also an accomplished music video director whose work includes The Gaslight Anthem’s “Here Comes My Man” and “Handwritten,” both of which have amassed more than 1 million views each online.
Gold record recording artist Brian Fallon, lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem, will compose the film’s soundtrack.
ORIOLE PARK follows a young woman struggling with the death of her mother and her father’s descent into alcoholism in late 1978, just as the Chicago neighborhood she lives in is rocked by a string of disappearances leading up to the arrest of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The coming-of-age story balances drama, teenage romance and suspense while exploring the effects of violence within a small, tight-knit community.
Chicago-based Corn Bred Films’ Amelia Dellos and Eric Anderson co-wrote the screenplay, which was inspired by true events from Dellos’ childhood. The duo’s previous films include the documentary project Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer and Other Plans, a romantic comedy starring Jamie Kennedy, Rebecca Blumhagen, and Malik Yoba.
Chicago entrepreneur Steve Johns has joined the project as Executive Producer, and Morris Ruskin’s LA-based international sales agency Shoreline Entertainment has acquired the worldwide sales rights to the film.