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Baker and West among those making house calls at ‘The Lodger’

In a recent interview with The Lodger's writer/director David Ondaatje, IONCINEMA.com learned that actors Shane West and Simon Baker are among those who have joined the production currently filming in Los Angeles. Split between two narratives, the two actors are taking on important supporting roles.

West (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) will be featured in the storyline involving a detective named Chandler Manning who is engaged in a complex cat-and-mouse game with a maniacal killer who begins emulating the 100-year old murders of Jack The Ripper along Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Alfred Molina plays Manning and West is playing the role of Manning's rookie partner, Street Wilkenson.

Baker (The Devil Wears Prada) will be joining the storyline that features Hope Davis. She plays Ellen Bunting and a handsome stranger, Malcolm Sleight (Baker), who appears one day and rents her guesthouse in West Hollywood.

Also coming on board is Paul Thomas Anderson-regular Philip Baker Hall (who plays Captain Smith), David Mamet-alumni Rebecca Pidgeon (she plays Dr. Jessica Westmin), indie actress Rachael Leigh Cook and television's Mel Harris.

Michael Mailer is producing and Sony's Stage 6 Films distributes.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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