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‘Homeland’ Actor Joins Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche In ‘Words and Pictures’; ‘Downers Grove’ Adds Star

Written by on February 26, 2013 

Hidden in the shadows and, mostly, only known by name on television; starring alongside two great talents in film. That’s a career upgrade if ever I’ve heard of one.

It happens to be the fortune striking Navid Negahban, the actor many know as Homeland‘s dastardly Abu Nazir, now also a central actor in the Clive Owen– and Juliette Binoche-led Words and Pictures. The drama, directed by Fred Schepisi and penned by Gerald Di Pego, centers on an art teacher (Binoche) who begins work at a New England preparatory school, whereat she and an English teacher (Owen) discuss the value of nothing other than words and pictures. Romance blooms, trouble comes with it, and that’s sure to be fielded by Negahban‘s character, the school headmaster. Taking prior roles into account, one shudders to think how he’ll handle the scenario.

With Lascaux Films and Latitude Productions behind the project, Words and Pictures will begin shooting next month.

As this other film doesn’t involve any of the aforementioned actors, I can sympathize with the sudden drop in interest. But The Curse of Downers Grove (formerly referred to as Downer’s Grove) goes on regardless, and Variety report that Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is next to join a cast which, last we heard, was comprised of Bella Heathcote (Not Fade Away), Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Aimee Teegarden (Scream 4), and Kevin Zegers (The Mortal Instruments).

Scripted by Martini and Bret Easton Ellis, from the novel by Michael Hornburg, it stars Heathcote as Chrissie Swanson, a high school senior struggling to focus on graduation with the specter of “an apparent curse that takes the life of one student every year at the school.” Meanwhile, Holtz will play “a meth-crazed sidekick to Zegers‘ character,” which should also say a thing or two about the latter’s own role.

Production commences this spring.

How do you feel about Negahban coming aboard Words and Pictures? Does Downers Grove make a good case for itself?

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