XYZ Films, via THR, has released the first images from Anders Walter’s Irish co-production I Kill Giants, which filmed in Dublin and surrounding areas late last year.
Hollywood star Zoe Saldana plays psychologist Mrs. Mollé, who is tasked with helping a young girl (played by True Detective‘s Madison Wolfe) battle both real and imagined monsters as she tries to process the fact that her mother is dying from cancer. The pair are joined by Green Room‘s Imogen Poots.
The film is the first feature from Helium director Walter, and is adapted by Joe Kelly from his own graphic novel. That book won a Gaiman Award in 2013 and the International Manga Award in 2012. It was also named to the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2010 by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Director Walter and producer Kim Magnusson won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Helium in 2014.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone director Chris Columbus is producing through his 1492 Pictures/Ocean Blue Ent, with Man of Action Entertainment, Umedia, and XYZ Films. Parallel Films’ Johanna Hagan is the Irish-based Executive producer on the film. Louise Kiely Casting is one of Ireland's premier casting agencies. The company is lead by casting director Louise Kiely, who formed it in 2005. was involved on the Irish casting front, with Kevin Byrne of TeamFX on special effects.
XYZ is currently working on securing international sales for I Kill Giants at the Cannes Marché du Film this week.