Olivia Scott Welch, who recently starred in Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy and happens to be a big horror fan (she promised JoBlo’s own JimmyO she would be watching The Boogens soon, and I hope she has by now), has signed on to star in writer/director George Baron’s feature debut The Blue Rose, which is described as a surreal, genre-bending noir film.
Set in the 1950s, The Blue Rose will follow
the one-night journey of two rookie detectives as they set out to solve a homicide, only to find themselves in an alternate reality made up of their worst nightmares.
Welch will be taking on the role of Detective Lilly, while Baron is playing Detective Dalton himself.
The Blue Rose will begin filming in Los Angeles later this month. Sarena Khan and Andra Gordon of Athena Pictures are producing, with Tracie Dalton and Parts & Labor’s Jay Van Hoy serving as executive producers. Khan and Gordon released the following statement:
We are so thrilled to support George in bringing his wonderfully inventive vision to life — one of those rare gems that defies expectations at every turn. Olivia Scott Welch perfectly embodies the character of Detective Lilly and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to the team.”
Baron, who has primarily been credited as George Dalton up to this point, had acting roles in the TV shows 2 Broke Girls, poliKiDz, and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. He was also in the film Adult Interference, which he co-produced.
After seeing Welch in Fear Street and seeing multiple interviews where she discussed her horror fandom, I became a fan. I look forward to seeing how The Blue Rose turns out. It sounds pretty interesting to me, and I hope the characters’ “worst nightmares” bring a heavy dose of horror into the mix.