Michael Shannon to star in Pottersville
Michael Shannon has been cast in 'Pottersville', starring alongside Ron Perlman, Tom Lennon and Judy Greer.
The 41-year-old American actor will play Maynard - a businessman who gets mistaken for mythical beast Bigfoot after he goes on a drunken rampage through town whilst dressed in a gorilla suit.
His antics lead to people to report various "sightings" and spark a tourist/media frenzy.
Shannon will star in the indie dramatic comedy alongside Judy Greer ('Jurassic World'), Hellboy's Ron Perlman, Mad Men's Christina Hendricks and Deadwood's Ian McShane, according to Deadline.
Perlman is producing 'Pottersville' alongside Scott Lochmus, Josh Crook and Jonathan Gray from his Wing and a Prayer Pictures company and in association with Shannon's Plot Four Productions, and Big Jack Productions.
The film will be directed by Seth Henrikson and its script is written by Dan Meyer, who centres the story on the Bigfoot sightings and reality TV's 'Monster Hunter' Brock Masterson's quest to hunt the beast.
Brock will be played by 'Reno 911!' star Tom Lennon.
In the story, Maynard has to decide whether to come clean and reveal himself - destroying any chances of a windfall for his cash-strapped beloved town, or hoodwink the beast hunters and go along with the hoax.
The film is the first to be produced in conjunction with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, enabled by New York state's film tax credit and has been shot in the Upstate village of Hamilton and the Central New York Film Hub.