LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – October 14, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis announced that principal photography has started in Savannah and on Tybee Island, Georgia on the drama “Gifted” starring Chris Evans.
The film also stars Tony Award winner Lindsay Duncan, Mckenna Grace, Jenny Slate and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer.
Director Mark Webb said in a statement, “I’m incredibly excited to begin principal photography on ‘Gifted.’ I’m psyched to be working with this awesome cast that has come on board to make this beautiful film with me. Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer and Mckenna Grace are a wonderful rich ensemble that is both hilarious and sincere. Tom Flynn’s sensitive and thoughtful script strikes the heart in a way that felt very personal. Plus it is great to be back with Searchlight again.”
In the film, Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising his niece, a child prodigy, in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.
Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.
The film is slated to be released in mid 2016.