Kate Lyn Sheil Part of the New Breed of Indie; Boards Doremus’ “Equals”
Along the lines of when Greta Gerwig landed Greenberg and essentially moved higher up in the indie echelons, the hardworking Kate Lyn Sheil has been Total Recalled for fellow Sundance alumni Drake Doremus’ next directing gig which already includes the threesome of Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart and Guy Pearce. In Equals, which is set for a shoot next month in Asia, Sheil will play Kate, a fellow co-worker of Hoult and Stewart’s characters.
Gist: Set in a future society where emotions have been eradicated. A new breed of humans, called Equals, live peacefully until a disease begins activating emotions in its victims, who are sent away and never seen again. Hoult is set to star as Silas, who becomes infected and is outcast until he connects with Nia (Stewart), another “switched on” Equal who is able to hide her emotions.
Worth Noting: Deadline mentioned a who’s who indie filmmaker list that Sheil has worked with in Ti West, Amy Seimetz, Adam Wingard, Robert Byington, Rick Alverson, Joe Swanberg, Sophia Takal (Green — which sort of includes everyone here), Lawrence Michael Levine and twice now with Alex Ross Perry, but she has got some more to watch out for this year with The Heart Machine, Children and Young Bodies Heal Quickly.
Do We Care?: With Like Crazy and Breathe In before it, Doremus is a bonafide director of young adult male-female rapports. How will he adapt to larger scale, overseas, sci-fi infused screenplay is what we’re curious about. The Sheil addition is a great piece of casting for a straight-faced cyborg look. Here is our last interview with the thesp.