Main Street Films Begins Production on “Barely Lethal” the New Action Comedy Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Samuel L. Jackson and Sophie Turner

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“Barely Lethal,” an action comedy, follows the adventures of a 16-year old assassin who fakes her own death and enrolls in high school hoping to have a “normal” adolescence.

“Barely Lethal” marks the first of a new slate of films being produced for release by Main Street Films.

Principal photography has begun on RKO Pictures' action comedy “Barely Lethal,” which is being produced by Main Street Films, Hopscotch Pictures and RatPac Entertainment and directed by Kyle Newman.

Oscar® nominee Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit,” “Ender’s Game”), Jessica Alba (“Sin City,” “Machete Kills”), Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson ("Django Unchained," "Pulp Fiction"), and Sophie Turner, currently co-starring in HBO's celebrated series “Game of Thrones" are set to star.

“Barely Lethal” marks the first of a new slate of films being produced for release by Main Street Films. “We want to partner with quality filmmakers and work with them to secure the biggest possible audience during the filmmaking process,” said Craig Chang, Chairman of Main Street Films. “We truly see Main Street Films as a working part of the whole filmmaking process, not just as a buyer. We look to take responsibility for the future success of all of our films by making an early investment and supporting them the entire way.”

In “Barely Lethal,” Hailee Steinfeld plays 'Megan', a young international assassin who yearns for a “normal” adolescence, prompting her to fake her own death and enroll in a suburban high school. Jessica Alba plays 'Victoria', Megan's former handler and current nemesis, who enlists 'Heather', played by Sophie Turner, to go undercover at the high school and reacquire the runaway. Samuel L. Jackson portrays Megan’s mentor, 'Hardman'.

“It’s a very intriguing project because on the surface it’s an action comedy, but it becomes more than that. It’s actually a story about a girl who is trying to find herself and her place and purpose in the world,” said director Kyle Newman. “That’s everyone’s story – all the more so in the high school years.”

Main Street Films released the period drama “Great Expectations,” based on the classic Charles Dickens novel, starring Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter, on November 8th, and one of the only Yiddish narrative features to come out of North American in over six decades, “The Pin” in late October.

“Barely Lethal” will be released in 2014.

About Main Street Films
Established in 2007, Main Street Films is an independent entertainment company and has emerged as one of the industry’s most exciting film finance, development, acquisition, production, distribution, VOD and home entertainment driven ensembles. Main Street Films focuses on creating and distributing high quality films across multiple genres for diverse audiences within the global entertainment space. Main Street Films released Mike Newell’s acclaimed version of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” on November 8th, and one of the only Yiddish narrative features to come out of North America in over six decades, “The Pin” on October 25th. Coming soon is “Bronx Bull,” based on the best-selling autobiography about boxing legend Jake La Motta and starring William Forsythe, Joe Mantegna, Paul Sorvino, Tom Sizemore, and Penelope Ann Miller.

About RKO Pictures
With a legacy that includes classic films like “Citizen Kane,” “King Kong,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the modern RKO Pictures produces, finances, and distributes both original entertainment and remakes of its classic films. RKO draws upon its brand and intellectual property assets to develop entertainment properties for production and distribution. RKO’s production strategy includes devoting resources to the repositioning of its famous classic library for current audiences as it develops other businesses and entertainment properties. The company seeks out additional distribution and co-financing ventures for new productions as well as for sequels, remakes and live stage productions based upon its library of titles.

Sophie Nicolaou, Main Street Films, snicolaou(at)mainstreetfilms(dot)net, 949-878-9562
David Link, Unit Publicist, dlinckpr(at)aol(dot)com

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