BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – Hollywood is bringing a heartwarming story of friendship and refuge to the big screen with the production of “The December Cross,” set to commence principal photography this September in Massachusetts. Archstone Entertainment and Urban Tales Productions have tapped Todd Turner, known for his work on “Good Neighbor,” to pen the script and direct the film.
The star-studded cast includes Kellan Lutz of “Twilight” fame, Neal McDonough from “Minority Report,” and Mila Harris, known for her role in “No Exit.” The ensemble is completed by Stelio Savante and Jennifer Esposito.
Set in a town named Bethlehem, “The December Cross” follows the story of an 11-year-old girl, Maya, who forms an unlikely friendship with Yosef, a 7-year-old boy seeking refuge. The narrative unravels against the backdrop of a community grappling with the arrival of a group of frightened and desperate refugees. The film is intended to deliver life lessons that transcend borders, warming viewers’ hearts with its tale of friendship and humanity.
Kellan Lutz, who will be starring in the film, expressed his enthusiasm about the project, saying, “I am really happy to be a part of ‘The December Cross.’ We have an amazing cast, and the subject matter has such a unique and timely voice concerning immigration, family, and love. As an actor, I look for meaningful stories to tell and I’m looking forward to playing a character with such internal and external conflict”.
Todd Turner is not only the creative mind behind the film’s story, but he will also be serving as a producer alongside Gabrielle Almagor for Urban Tales Productions and Michael Slifkin, Scott Martin, and Jack Sheehan of Archstone.
Archstone Entertainment, the studio behind recent productions like “The Best Man,” has secured the world sales rights for the film. Financing for the production comes from Joshua Harris and Jon Gosier of FilmHedge, a fintech platform known for providing private credit and financing to TV and film producers.
The film industry is eagerly anticipating the release of “The December Cross,” a tale that promises to deliver a moving portrayal of friendship, refuge, and community amid the complexities of the contemporary immigration landscape. With its impressive cast and the creative vision of Todd Turner, the film is set to make a significant impact on audiences worldwide