Anna Paquin Fronting And Producing Crime Drama Free Ride

By Nick Venable 2013-05-19 16:17:10discussion comments
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It’s strange how a television character can forever change someone’s concept of an actor. Despite being one of the only people on True Blood I had even heard of before the show began, Anna Paquin is the only person from that show whose on-screen character’s ridiculous accent can no longer be separated from her other cinematic performances. Even when I see her earlier, younger performances, I can't stop thinking about Sookie Stackhouse. It’s my cross to bear, and I’ll soon have another chance to finally get over it.

Paquin’s next film is the true story crime drama Free Ride, the directorial and screenwriting debut for Shana Betz, whose own past was the inspiration for the film. Deadline reports Phase 4 Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights for Free Ride, which was produced by CASM, the company founded by Paquin and her husband and True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer.

“It’s always very exciting to discover talented writers and directors at the beginning of their careers. Based on the life story of Shana Betz, our writer-director, Free Ride tells an emotionally intense story of survival, and the lengths a mother will go to, to take care of her children,” said Paquin.

The story follows Paquin as the mother of two daughters who tries to find a better life in Florida in the 1970s but is soon pulled into the dangerous drug trade business. Betz based the story on her own childhood, with Paquin stepping into the role of Betz's mother. The film also stars Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Drea de Matteo (Sons of Anarchy) and Brit Morgan (also of True Blood). With any luck, no characters will be named Bill or Eric.

Phase 4 plans on releasing the film in theaters and VOD later this year.
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