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Live-Action I Kill Giants Film Casts Zoe Saldana

posted on by Egan Loo
Film of International Manga Award winner stars rising actress Madison Wolfe

The live-action film of Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura's International Manga Award-winning graphic novel I Kill Giants has cast Zoe Saldana and up-and-coming actress Madison Wolfe.

The story centers on a socially awkward girl named Barbara who believes that giants exist. One day, Barbara gets into a fight with the bully Tyler and accidentally hits her good friend Sophia. While Barbara worries about losing her friend, she prepares herself to ward of the coming giant attack.

The producers cast Wolfe as Barbara after 500 candidates auditioned, and the actress will also appear in David O. Russell's upcoming film JOY and in Trumbo with Bryan Crantson. Saldana will play "a school psychologist who plays a key role by helping Barbara face both internal and external threats, forming an inspiring bond with her in the process." Saldana's numerous other film credits include the science-fiction franchises Star Trek, Avatar, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Oscar award-winning short film director Anders Walter ("Helium") is directing the feature film, and Kelly is writing the screenplay. Treehouse Pictures' Justin Nappi, 1492 Pictures/Ocean Blue Entertainment's Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, Home Alone, Goonies, Little Nemo - Adventures in Slumberland), Kelly's Man of Action Entertainment, and XYZ Films (Tokyo Tribes) are producing the film. International distributors include Sun in Latin America; Falcon in the Middle East; Camimovie Srl in Italy; Abbolita in Southeast Asia, South Africa, Greece, Portugal and Turkey!; and Entertainment in Motion for international airlines.

The graphic novel was first published by Image Comics in the United States in 2008. It won the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs' International Manga Award in 2012 and Japanese publisher Shogakukan printed the comic in Japanese after previewing it in the January 2013 issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter via Comicbook.com

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