Maika Monroe and Troy Kotsur cast in Maxie Giroux’s English-speaking feature debut

Ava is trapped. Like a bull in a bucking chute, seconds before exploding onto the rodeo stage.

Maika Monroe and Oscar-winning actor Troy Kotsur have been cast as leads in the crime thriller In Cold Light directed by Maxime Giroux in his first English-speaking feature. This will be Kotsur’s first feature role following Coda. The film was written by Patrick Whistler, and is produced by Mike MacMillan and Yanick Letourneau, with Jean-Yves Roubin co-producing.

Ava is trapped. Like a bull in a bucking chute, seconds before exploding onto the rodeo stage. She is hunted. Pursued by those who killed her brother, pursued by her own demons. Ava needs to make a choice. To either save herself and fight another day or to push and become the woman she wishes she could be.

In the film, Monroe will play Kotsur’s daughter.

“I am so excited to get this film underway. The cast and filmmaking team, most that I’ve worked with for years, is incredible. After years honing and fine-tuning, we’re to shoot this wild ride,” says director Maxime Giroux.

“This film is going to be stunning. Kinetic,” say producers Yanick Letourneau and Mike MacMillan. “The gritty thriller at the core of the film promises to elevate in the hands of Maxime and this excellent cast. We’re crafting something unique and with a genuine signature. We simply cannot wait to share this one with audiences.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of In Cold Light,” says XYZ’s Todd Brown. “Writer Patrick Whistler has quickly become one of our favorite screenwriters on the planet; director Maxime Giroux is the heir apparent to the filmmaking tradition that has already brought talents like Denis Villeneuve and Jean Marc Vallee to the world; the producing team’s recent credits read like a who’s who of recent Cannes and Venice phenoms; Maika Monroe is quickly developing into one of the truly iconic performers of her generation; and what’s left unsaid about Troy Kotsur coming off his very well deserved Oscar win for CODA? This team is an absolute powerhouse.”

XYZ Films is executive producing and financing with investment funding coming from IPR.VC, and with the support of Telefilm Canada and SODEC.

The film is set to go into production later this year. XYZ Films is handling world rights and will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming Marché du Film in Cannes.

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