Tyler Perry, Richard Armitage to co-star in 'Brain on Fire'

By Karen Butler  |  July 20, 2015 at 3:59 PM
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LOS ANGELES, July 20 (UPI) -- Tyler Perry has landed a role in the big-screen adaptation of Susannah Cahalan's best-selling book Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.

Broad Green Pictures, in partnership with Denver & Delilah and Foundation Features, announced the casting news Monday.

To be directed by Gerard Barrett, the film is shooting in Vancouver with an anticipated release in 2016.

Previously announced members of the acting ensemble include Chloë Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Jenny Slate, Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss.

"Moretz plays Susannah, a rising journalist at the New York Post, who falls victim to an inexplicable illness that has her hearing voices, hallucinating, battling bouts of paranoia and lashing out during violent episodes," a synopsis said. "As weeks go by and Cahalan rapidly descends into insanity, there seems to be no hope for answers until a lucky, last-minute intervention by one doctor gives her a diagnosis and the chance to rebuild her life. Perry will play Richard, Susannah's boss at the New York Post."

Broad Green Pictures will distribute Brain on Fire in the United States, while the studio's partner, Mister Smith Entertainment, will continue to sell international rights after having introduced the project at the European Film Market in February.

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