Awesome news, folks! Our fearless leader, John "The Arrow" Fallon has found his man for his upcoming directorial debut, THE SHELTER (LIKE its Facebook Page here) The one and only Michael Paré!
Paré has been in the business for thirty years, having memorable roles in EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS, STREETS OF FIRE, BAD MOON and 100 FEET (which incidentally Fallon co-starred in). He'll be tackling the lead role of Thomas in THE SHELTER, as well as serving as the film's executive producer.
Here's what Fallon had to say about the casting:
For my debut, I am trying to surround myself with people that I know and trust. And the same M.O. went for the lead role of Thomas. I needed an actor that I knew as a person on some level, had the chops to do the role justice and who would be an ally on set. Michael Paré was the first name on my list; in fact, I had him in mind when I wrote the script. He’s my kind of guy; straightforward, committed, intelligent and humble. He is also very talented. Elated to have him on-board!
And here's Paré's take on his boarding of the project:
I read John Fallon's script "The Shelter” and it tells a great and painful tragedy. Not about global disaster or war or economic collapse but of the individual human heart. The human heart and soul is what all art seeks to unravel. Guilt, regret and shame kill the heart and soul. When our lower animal nature dominates our character our soul is lost."
Pretty fantastic news! THE SHELTER begins shooting in January 2014. Expect a crowd funding campaign to hit the web. A refresher on the synopsis:
On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Pare) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. Inside, with nobody in sight, he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting wholeheartedly on some food and relishing the silliness on the tube, he gets some well-earned shut eye.
All is well until a restless Thomas wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap. Baffled, he picks up the weapon, checks the barrel and notes that it is fully loaded. A visceral sense of unease invades him immediately. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave. Alas he finds out swiftly that the premises won’t let him depart so quickly. The doors are all locked, and the windows puzzlingly cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal?