Lucas Till And Joel Courtney Will Cover Up A Murder In Sins Of Our Youth
Gun control is a hot button issue in this country, and itíll probably be that way for the next hundred years without a clear resolution. And while Iím glad Hollywood has for the most part been keeping a wide berth around films that center on school shootings, the upcoming teen drama Sins of Our Youth is bound to get people uncomfortable in one way or another. Deadline reports it already has a full cast, including Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Joel Courtney (Super 8), and former Brat Packer Ally Sheedy, and will begin filming soon. So weíll know sooner rather than later just what kind of reaction the film will get.
Sins of Our Youth will be directed by Gary Entin, based on a screenplay written by his twin brother Edmund Entin. (The duo worked on this yearís comedy Geography Club.) It is being produced by former Republican House Rep-turned-film producer Michael Huffington through his Huffington Pictures. Beyond the previously mentioned stars, the cast will also include Mitchell Musso (Hannah Montana), Grant Harvey (The Neighbors), Bridger Zadina (Terri), as well as former X-Factor contestant Dani Knights .
While the actual roles havenít been disclosed, the film will revolve around four teenage boys who change their lives for the worse when they accidentally kill another young boy while off shooting assault rifles. If they just went to the police and confessed their crimes, this wouldnít be a very interesting movie, so of course they resort to different tactics. Fearful that theyíll spend the rest of their lives in prison, or worse, the boys attempt to hide their crime, which only leads to more dangerous situations.
This isnít exactly the most original plot, as most murders in movies see some form of cover-up. But itís actually a similar storyline to two of my all-time favorite films (because Iím a mental masochist that way): David Gordon Greenís George Washington from 2000, and Jacob Aaron Estesí 2004 drama Mean Creek, both of which contained the highly depressing aftereffects of a childís death. But by adding guns to the equation, Sins of Our Youth hopefully wonít reflect the times too heavily.
Till is having a huge year, about to appear in Robert Luketicís corporate thriller Paranoia and the adventure comedy Wet and Reckless. Heíll be reprising his role of Havok in X-Men: Days of Future Past as well as starring in screenwriter David Hayterís directorial debut, the horror Wolves.
Courtney will take on the role of Tom Sawyer in Jo Kastnerís adaptation Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn later this year and will appear in the Stephen King adaption Mercy from director Peter Cornwell. Heíll co-star with Isabelle Fuhrman in both Giorgio Serafiniís wistful drama The Between and in Kevin Connollyís Cuban Missile Crisis-set drama Dear Eleanor.
Sheedy, while far from the heyday of The Breakfast Club and St. Elmoís Fire, is still kicking it, and can be seen in Alfredo De Villaís comedy Fugly!, which released earlier this year.
Sins of Our Youth is set to begin principal photography this week in and around Las Vegas.
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