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Nicolas Cage to Star in Austin Stark’s Directorial Debut The Runner

Nicolas Cage has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming contemporary political film, ‘The Runner.’ The drama marks the writing and directorial debuts from Austin Star, who has gained recognition for executive producing such independent films as ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ and ‘Happythankyoumoreplease.’

‘The Runner’ will be produced by Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann and Chris Papavasiliou for Paper Street Films and Glenn Williamson for Back Lot Pictures. Production is set to begin on June 23 in New Orleans.

Cage will star as as Colin Price, an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman, in ‘The Runner.’ In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, Colin’s forced to confront his dysfunction life, after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.

Stark, a partner at Paper Street Films, a New York City film production and finance company, said “For my first film as a director, I’m honored to be working alongside one of the finest living actors, Nicolas Cage. ‘The Runner’, a contemporary political drama, is new and exciting territory for Mr. Cage. I have no doubt he’s going to deliver a powerful and poignant performance, as relevant as the film itself.”

Nicolas Cage to Star in Austin Stark’s Directorial Debut The Runner

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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