EXCLUSIVE: Bella Heathcote (Parts of Her) and Asif Ali (Don’t worry dear) will star in a survival drama Roofmarking the directorial debut of Salvatore Sciortino, with production wrapping up in Los Angeles.
The film tells the story of two colleagues who are accidentally trapped on top of a skyscraper during the hottest holiday weekend in years. Without water and unable to communicate with the outside world, they try increasingly dangerous means to escape as their health rapidly deteriorates due to the heat. At the same time, a friendship suddenly blossoms as they mutually realize how much they have ruined their lives.
Josh Tate has written and is producing with Austin Sepúlveda, a recent employee of the Sundance production lab. The film was supported by a grant from Kurt Willis and the Visit Knoxville Film Office, with some filming taking place in Knoxville.
“I was incredibly lucky that such talented actors as Bella and Asif starred in my first film,” said Sciortino. “Their incredible chemistry together makes our film a truly unique place, full of humor, empathy and terrifying action.”
Heathcote is an Australian actress who recently starred alongside Toni Collette in the Netflix series. Parts of Her by creator Charlotte Stoudt. Prior to that, she starred with Emily Mortimer in a horror film. Relic. The film, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, earned the actress a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Australian Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. Heathcote has also been seen in films including Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, fifty shades darker, neon demon, don’t disappear, dark shadows as well as Duringlike in the series The Man in the High Castle.
Ali is an actor and comedian who found his breakthrough role within Disney+. WandaVision and recently appeared in Universal Pictures’ Easter Sunday with Joe Coy. The next time the actor can be seen in the film Olivia Wilde Warner Bros. Don’t worry dear, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and is slated for release on September 23. Ali’s other notable credits include Disney+. The MandalorianNetflix BoJack Horseman and Independent Spirit Award winner Roshan Seti, 7 days.
Heathcote is represented by WME, More/Medavoy Management, Australia’s JM Agency and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern; Ali Mohammed Ali of Authentic Talent and Literary Management, CAA and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.