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Rosario – Emeraude Toubia, David Dastmalchian and Jose Zuniga join the high concept horror film

David Dastmalchian

David Dastmalchian (Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and The Dark Knight,  Denis Villeneuve’s Dune), José Zúñiga (Catherine Hardwicke’s blockbuster Twilight, Sony Pictures’ The Dark Tower), Diana Lein (AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead”), Emilia Faucher (Academy Award-winning Coda) and Paul Ben-Victor (Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman) join rising star Emeraude Toubia (Freeforms hit TV series “Shadowhunters,” Amazon’s “With Love”) in the high concept horror film Rosario, it was announced today. The film marks the feature directorial debut by Felipe Vargas, DGA Award-winner for his breakout, viral horror short Milk Teeth, which launched him into projects at Paramount, Lionsgate, and Sony. The film is written by Alan Trezza (We Summon the Darkness, Joe Dante’s Burying the Ex) and will be lensed by Colombian-Venezuelan cinematographer, Carmen Cabana (Disney+’s “Ms. Marvel,” Netflix’s “Resident Evil” and “Narcos”).

Rosario (Emeraude Toubia), a successful stockbroker on Wall Street, is forced to spend the night with the body of her estranged grandmother Griselda who has abruptly died. While waiting for the ambulance and her father Oscar (José Zúñiga) to arrive, a heavy snowstorm locks her inside Griselda’s apartment, surrounded by unfriendly neighbors including the watchful Joe (David Dastmalchian). As the night endlessly stretches on, twisted and menacing supernatural forces that have possessed Griselda’s corpse begin their assault on Rosario. Now the target of a deadly family curse that spans generations, in a desperate attempt to break the evil, Rosario must battle everything she knows about her past to save herself and her soul.

Emeraude Toubia

Rosario is produced by Silk Mass’ Jon Silk and Mucho Mas’ Javier Chapa and Phillip Braun. The film is executive produced by Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, as well as Toubia, Bruce Barshop, Vincent Cordero, Simon Wise and Kristopher Wynne.

Mucho Mas Media is financing and producing the film. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide rights, continuing sales at the American Film Market. Production is set to start in mid-November in Bogotá, Colombia under an interim SAG-AFTRA agreement.

“It’s with great pleasure that we’re joined by such immense talent in David, Jose, Diana, Emilia, and Paul. Together with Emeraude Toubia, this amazing cast is going to bring Felipe’s terrifying vision of familial horror to life in such a memorable way, and we can’t wait to get them on set to make some magic,” said the producers.

“We are delighted to begin filming Rosario in Colombia and cannot wait for cameras to roll on this smart and chilling film in the vein of the Blumhouse movies,” said Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser. “It’s great to be teaming up for our second movie with producers Javier Chapa and Jon Silk on this sensational project,” added Highland Film Group COO Delphine Perrier.

David Dastmalchian recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Oppenheimer alongside Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr. He made his feature film debut in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and went on to star in Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and its sequels Ant-Man and The Wasp and Ant-Man and the WaspQuantumania alongside Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. Additional credits include James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad with Margot Robbie and Viola Davis and Warner Bros’ Dune with Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson.

Jose Zuniga

José Zúñiga starred in Sony Pictures’ The Dark Tower with Matthew McConaughey and Idris ElbaAdditional credits include J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible III starring Tom Cruise, Twilight starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, The Call with Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin and Netflix’s “Narcos: Mexico.”

David Dastmalchian is repped by Atlas Artists; José Zúñiga is repped by SDB Partners and AFA Prime Talent; Diana Lein is repped by Talent on the Road Management; Emilia Faucher is repped by A3 Artists and Brave Artists; Paul Ben-Victor is repped by IAG and Alan Siegel Entertainment; Felipe Vargas is repped by CAA and Magnolia Entertainment; Emeraude Toubia is represented by UTA, Vision Entertainment and GGSSC.

Highland Film Group’s current sales slate also includes Joe Carnahan’s survival thriller Not Without Hope starring Zachary Levi and Josh Duhamel; Simon West’s action comedy Old Guy starring Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu and Cooper Hoffman; the sci-fi thriller The Astronaut starring Kate Mara and Laurence Fishburne; Dimitri Logothetis’ actioner Gunner starring Morgan Freeman and Luke Hemsworth; Adam Cooper’s crime thriller Sleeping Dogs starring Russell Crowe and Karen Gillan; William Eubank’s action thriller Land of Bad starring Russell Crowe, Liam Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth; Audrey Cummings’ western action film Place of Bones starring Heather Graham and Tom Hopper; the survival thriller The Ridge starring Billy Magnussen and Rod Blackhurst’s Blood For Dust starring Scoot McNairy, Kit Harington and Josh Lucas.

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