(Monday, February 4, 2013 – Sudbury, Ontario) Principle photography begins today on international award-winner Atom Egoyan’s psychological thriller QUEEN OF THE NIGHT starring Ryan Reynolds (Safe House, Buried) Scott Speedman (Last Resort), Rosario Dawson (Sin City) and Mireille Enos (The Killing). Based on an original story by Atom Egoyan with screenplay by Egoyan and David Fraser, the feature is co-produced by Ego Film Arts and The Film Farm. The feature will shoot in Sudbury, Ontario all month and then move to Niagara Falls and Toronto. Also starring in the film are Kevin Durand (Fruitvale) and Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher).

Celebrated for playing the President of the United States in both Thirteen Days and National Treasure: Book of Secrets, award-winning Bruce Greenwood has appeared in four Atom Egoyan films: Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Ararat and the recently completed Devil’s Knot. Among his other notable film credits are Flight starring Denzel Washington; I, Robot starring Will Smith; Todd Haynes’s I’m Not There with Kate Blanchett and Heath Ledger; Star Trek with Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy and Capote with Philip Seymour Hoffmann and Catherine Keener.

Reynolds and Enos play the parents of an abducted child. Eight years after the child was taken, a series of disturbing clues convince her father that the now 17 year-old girl (Alexia Fast) remains alive. He is determined to find her. Speedman and Dawson are the detectives working the case. Greenwood and Durand’s characters are successful developers – one is charming and brash with a philanthropist wife; the other is the lynchpin in a terrifying network.

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT is produced by Atom Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss and Stephen Traynor. The film will be distributed in Canada by Entertainment One (eOne) which will also handle international sales. In France, ARP Selection will distribute QUEEN OF THE NIGHT.

Ryan Reynolds is one of cinema’s most sought after leading men. Alone on screen in Buried, he was gripping as an American contractor buried alive in Iraq. He recently wrapped R.I.P.D. with Jeff Bridges. Based on the comic book by Peter M. Lenko, the film follows a slain cop who joins a team of undead police officers. He starred opposite Denzel Washington in the CIA thriller Safe House.

Reynolds has a deft touch with comedy and a lock on complex characters as seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman, The Proposal with Sandra Bullock, Definitely Maybe with Rachel Weisz and the The Nines with Hope Davis.

Scott Speedman, who was cast by Atom Egoyan in Adoration, stars in the upcoming features Barefoot with Evan Rachel Wood and Beyond Apollo with Bill Pullman. This year he starred in the television series Last Resort as well as the feature The Vow with Rachel McAdams. Speedman played the title role in Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, an award-winning film at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Among his other feature credits are The Moth Diaries and Barney’s Version.

Rosario Dawson has garnered praise for numerous leading roles with today’s hottest film actors and most provocative directors. Currently Dawson is filming Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, a follow up to the 2005 cult hit Sin City directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino and starring Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro. Later this year, Dawson will be seen in Diego Luna’s biopic Chavez with Michael Pena and America Ferrera as well as in the much-anticipated Danny Boyle thriller Trance with James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel.

Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Mireille Enos has played three of the most interesting women on television: Detective Sarah Linden in the critically acclaimed series The Killing and the twins Jodean and Kathy Marquart on Big Love (2007-2010). Her feature credits are equally impressive. She stars opposite Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Emma Stone Gangster Squad. Most recently, she completed Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot and Ten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Manganiello and Sam Worthington.

Kevin Durand can be seen in Fruitvale which captured this year’s Jury.   and Audience Prizes at the Sundance Festival. Egoyan cast Durand in Devil’s Knot, opposite Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon and Mireille Enos. The actor recently completed Darren Aronofsky’s Noah with Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins; Jack Heller’s thriller Dark Was the Night with Lukas Haas as well as The Mortal Instruments.

Alexia Fast recently appeared opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher and on the television series Supernatural and The Secret Circle. She has a recurring role in Red Widow which premieres next month.

One of the most remarkable figures in contemporary independent filmmaking, Atom Egoyan is the recipient of numerous awards including five prizes at the Cannes Film Festival (including the Grand Prix, International Critics Awards and Ecumenical Jury Prizes), two Academy Award® nominations, eight Genie Awards, prizes from the National Board of Review and an award for Best International Adaptation at The Frankfurt Book Fair. Full retrospectives of his films have been presented in Madrid, Paris and New York. Egoyan won the 2010 Douglas Sirk Award from the Hamburg Film Festival. This is the most recent accolade in a series of career honours from festivals and events in Tokyo, Jerusalem, Reykjavik, Las Palmas, Hong Kong, Cairo and The Panorama of European Cinema in Athens.

The director has been President of film juries in Cannes, Berlin and Venice, as well as a jury member at several other festivals, including Sundance, Toronto, and Tribeca.

His films include Next of Kin, Family Viewing, Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe. The recipient of four awards from the Toronto International Film Festival, Egoyan has just completed production of Devil’s Knot starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.

About Ego Film Arts

EGO FILM ARTS has been active for over thirty years producing the work of Atom Egoyan, as well as producing features for such established Canadian directors as Guy Maddin and Peter Mettler. The company has a keen interest in working with emerging talents and produced the first features from Sarah Polley (Away From Her starring Julie Christie), Alison Murray (Mouth To Mouth starring Ellen Page) and Rubba Nada (Sabah starring Arsinée Khanjian).

About The Film Farm

Committed to producing and developing provocative films with integrity and vision, The Film Farm was designated one of Variety’s Producers to Watch in 2008. Among the company’s credits are Laurent Cantet’s Foxfire (2012); the Atom Egoyan films Chloe (2010) starring Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson and Adoration (Cannes Film Festival 2009 Ecumenical prize); Brian De Palma’s Redacted (Silver Lion -Best Director, 2007 Venice Film Festival); Sarah Polley’s Away From Her (2008 Best Actress Golden Globe ­Julie Christie, Academy Award® nominations for Christie and for Sarah Polley and winner six Genie Awards including Best Picture).

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, Spain, France, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, kids programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

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