By Jeff Sneider
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Rising star Jake Abel ("The Host"), Nia Vardalos and Philip Baker Hall are attached to star in "Forget Me Not," an indie movie that Michael Mailis ("Act of Valor") and Benjamin Scott ("Lovelace") are producing, TheWrap has learned.
Michael Aloyan will make his feature directorial debut with the film, which is expected to start production early next year.
Story follows siblings Emil (Abel) and Elaine who are shocked that their widowed, Alzheimer's-afflicted mother has formed a sweet if unconventional relationship with Walt (Hall), a fellow resident at her nursing home. They refuse to sign the consent form granting their mother the right to see Walt and clash with Walt's son who supports the relationship.
Aloyan is the writer, director and producer of multiple award-winning short films including "Subhuman," which won five international awards and is currently being distributed in over 40 countries by Shorts International. He's represented by the Gersh Agency and Renée Missel Management.
Abel, who plays Luke in the "Percy Jackson" series, recently starred opposite Saoirse Ronan in "The Host," based on the novel by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer. He previously appeared in Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" and "I Am Number Four," and will soon be seen as Mike Love in Bill Pohlad's Beach Boys movie "Love & Mercy." He's repped by CAA, Water Street Anthem Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
Vardalos, who is best known as the star and Oscar-nominated writer of indie sensation "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," can currently be seen in Jeff Garlin's comedy "Dealin' with Idiots." She recently wrapped the indie "Helicopter Mom" and is also developing a comedy about Mother's Day. She's repped by Oscars Abrams Zimel & Associates and Untitled Entertainment.
Veteran actor Hall recently appeared in "Argo" and can currently be seen alongside Larry David in HBO's "Clear History." He's also a staple in the film of Paul Thomas Anderson, having co-starred in "Magnolia," "Boogie Nights" and "Hard Eight." He's repped by Paradigm.
Mailis, who previously partnered with Legendary Pictures, is currently partnered with the Bandito Brothers, having executive produced its hit movie "Act of Valor." He also served as an executive producer on the award-winning rock documentary "It Might Get Loud."
Scott, who recently served as VP of development for Eclectic Pictures, co-produced the Amanda Seyfried movie "Lovelace" and also worked on "Playing for Keeps" with Gerard Butler. Scott's lawyer is Jeremy Tenser.
Mailis and Scott are currently developing "The Sainthood of Bethany Wolfe," which has "House of Cards actress Rachel Brosnahan attached to star.