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Richie Merritt, Trevor Long, Raven Goodwin & More Board ‘Lola James’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Richie Merritt, Trevor Long, Raven Goodwin and Luke David Blumm have joined the cast of the indie drama, Lola james.

All four cast will star opposite previously announced cast members Nicola Peltz (The Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Virginia Madsen (Next to, Designated survivor). Peltz will also make her directorial debut with the film, co-directing with The Florida project actress Bria Vinaite.

The film, written by Peltz, is set in 2002, somewhere in Central America, following 19-year-old Lola James (Peltz) as she struggles to save enough money to get her little one out. brother, Arlo, from their toxic home. All Lola wants is for Arlo to have a chance in life that she never had. While trying to keep her head above water, she sinks into a drug addiction that threatens to consume her. Arlo’s brilliant outlook on life keeps her hopeful – until one tragic night, when everyone is uprooted. From that moment, nothing will be the same.

Nicola Peltz will co-direct and star in the independent drama “Lola James”; Virginia Madsen also defined

Our sources tell us the feature is already in production in Los Angeles, with Madsen playing Lola’s abusive mother, Mona, a woman who has herself been raised by an abusive mother and struggles with her own demons.

In the feature film, Merritt (White Boy Rick) will play Malachi, Lola’s boyfriend. A little time merchant, he has a difficult choice to make when Lola begins to slip.

Known for his roles in the Netflix crime drama Ozark and AMC Low winter sun, Long plays Trick, Mona’s longtime boyfriend who lives at home with her, alongside Lola and Arlo. A spa salesman, Trick breaks the family even further at every turn.

Previously starred in the comedy-drama Showtime SMILF and BET Being Mary Jane, Goodwin plays Babina, Loa’s best friend and her chosen family. Her character shares a sister-like bond with Lola, which keeps her grounded and anchored, even as she hits some of her lowest moments.

Finally, there is Blumm (The King of Staten Island, The fisherman), who plays Lola’s nine-year-old brother, Arlo. An indigo child, Arlo wants nothing more than to be like his big sister. He walks to the beat of his own drum, has an inseparable bond with his role model, Lola, and is firmly anchored between his mother’s religious values ​​and his sister’s unconditional love.

Also marking Vinaite’s first feature film, Lola james is produced by Peltz and Will McCane (Crystal swan), with Ryan Kirby (Four good days) executive producer.

Merritt is represented by Thor Bradwell and Thirty Three Management. Long is replaced by A3 Artists Agency and Vault Entertainment, while Goodwin is replaced by Innovative Artists and Anonymous Content. Blum representatives include The Carson Kolker Agency and People Store.

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