EXCLUSIVE: Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place), Paulo Costanzo (real pain), Iman Karram (Radiance) and Ka’ramuu Kush (Five deep breaths) have joined the cast of Dumb state, the psychological thriller by Chad Bishoff, which has just entered production.
All four actors will appear alongside previously announced leads, Christopher Backus (Big little lies) and Skye P. Marshall (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina).
The Bishoff and Sam Harter scripted film traces the mysterious psychological destruction of Easton (Backus), who is driven to the brink of sanity and possible self-harm by those who love him most: his wife (Marshall) and daughter. Will Easton succumb to his increasingly traumatizing pressure or will he conquer the dark forces at play in his confused mind?
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The Syncretic Entertainment production is produced by Bishoff and Erich Hover. Its executive producers include Inny Clemons (Straight from Compton, Netflix’s Sneakerheads), Lisa Crnic (Paramount Clifford the big red dog), Brett Cullen (jester) and Jonas Roeser (It snows all the time).
“We are very fortunate to have such an incredibly talented cast in our movie,” Bishoff said of the additions to his set. “I can’t wait for the public to see what they bring to the screen.”
“It is an honor to have a cast of this caliber with such a large and established fan base to help tell this exciting story centered on the complex nature of mental health,” added Hover.
Austin is a five-time Young Artist Award nominee and Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award nominee who co-starred in the Disney Channel series. Wizards of Waverly Place, along with other family-focused projects, including Let’s go Diego Let’s go!, Hotel for dogs other The emoji movie. Recently featured on Lionsgate’s Adverse, alongside Mickey Rourke, Lou Diamond Phillips and Sean Astin.
Costanzo is best known for playing Evan R. Lawson in the real pain. The actor was most recently seen on Amazon. Rise, from The office creator Greg Daniels. Additional credits include the CBS Emmy-nominated series. The good fight, Netflix’s Designated survivor, From Amazon The expansionand HBO The night of.
Karram previously appeared on the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Radiance, opposite Alison Brie, and in The CW soccer drama, All american. He has also appeared in many music videos, including Dove Cameron’s “Genie in a Bottle,” which has been viewed on YouTube 279 million times.
Kush is known for his role in the award-winning short film Five deep breaths and for writing and directing SAG award winner Michael Harney on Way of salvation. He is also a guest star on series like Brides, Numb3rs, Y NCIS: Los Angeles, which most recently appeared on Enchant TV Compersion.
Austin is represented by Gersh. Costanzo is represented by Gersh, Artist First and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder, and Christopher LLP. Karram is represented by Kazarian / Measures / Ruskin & Associates (KMR Talent). Kush is with Gersh and Levin / Brown Management.