(PRWEB) May 7, 2005
John Patrick Amedori will be starring as Jonah Brand in Alpine PictureÂs teen drama "Love is the Drug" which is currently filming in Los Angeles, CA, and co-stars Lizzy Caplan, Daryl Hannah, D.J. Cotrona, Jenny Wade, and Jonathon Trent.
John Patrick Amedori has already worked with some of HollywoodÂs most notable directors including Cameron Crowe in Almost Famous, M. Night Shyamalan in Unbreakable and Jonathan Demme in Beloved. AmedoriÂs television credits include guest starring roles on notable TV dramas such as ÂThe Guardian,Â ÂState of Grace,Â ÂLaw & OrderÂ and ÂStill Standing.Â
Most recently Amedori played a lead role in John StockwellÂs pilot, "Rocky Point," for the WBN. Last year he played the role of the young Even Treborn (played by Ashton Kutcher) in Butterfly Effect and has just finished the film Mrs. Harris opposite Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley. Currently, he is shooting a lead role opposite Missy Peregrym and Vanessa Lengies in Stick it for Walt Disney Pictures.
Executive Producer, Ryan Carroll of Alpine expressed ÂThe moment I saw his picture, I saw the face of Jonah BrandÂ and added, ÂJohn lends a warmth and complexity to the role, and we are very happy to have such a fine young actor.Â
In Alpine PicturesÂ "Love is the Drug" Amedori will portray troubled teen Jonah Brand opposite Lizzy Caplan (Orange County, Mean Girls). Despite his middle class background Jonah attends one of CaliforniaÂs top private schools (on a scholarship). He lives in a small house with his single mother, Sandra Brand, played by Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill Vol. 1, and Steel Magnolias), which sets him apart from the wealthy, self-indulged student body, and leaves him virtually invisible in their eyes. During an end of year party, Jonah comes face to face with Sara Weller (Lizzy Caplan), one of the elite and a girl he has noticed for a very long time. Sara introduces Jonah to her tight knit group of friends: her boyfriend Troy (Jonathon Trent), TroyÂs wise-cracking best friend Lucas (D.J. Cotrona) and Erin (Jenny Wade) SaraÂs best friend. The selective circle of hard partying friends introduce Jonah to their freewheeling lifestyle of sex, drugs and their hedonistic exploration of LA's endless nightlife after learning that Jonah has a summer job working at a pharmacy and could prove useful to their drug-fueled revelry. Jonah, overwhelmed by his new popularity, lets his love for Sarah heat passed the boiling point, leaving everyone scalded by his desire to possess.
"Love is the Drug" which began filming in Southern California on April 25th, was written by Wesley Strick (Arachnophobia, Cape Fear, The Glass House) and is being directed by up and comer Elliot Lester. Casting Directors Anne McCarthy and Jay Scully of Engine helped negotiate the terms of AmedoriÂs contract with Brinda Bhatt of Creative Management Group, and Rodney Omanoff.
Alpine Pictures, Inc. is a 10 year-old independent film production and distribution company located in Burbank, CA. In addition to Love Is the Drug, Alpine has just signed a five-picture deal with Resolution Independent of Australia and has the horror film Vampire Bachelor Party, along with several other films, currently in development. The company hopes that these efforts will help make way for it to enter the public arena this year.
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