Jaeden Martell, Maxwell Jenkins and Sadie Soverall

(L-R) Jaeden Martell, Maxwell Jenkins and Sadie SoverallPersonal Courtesy; Cathryn Farnsworth; Pip


EXCLUSIVE: Jaeden Martell (It), Maxwell Jenkins (Lost in Space) and Sadie Soverall (Fate: The Winx Saga) have signed on to star alongside Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage in the survival action-thriller Sand and Stones from Highland Film Group, which just started production in Dublin, Ireland.

The film directed by Ben Brewer (The Trust) is set in a post-apocalyptic and sparsely populated world where Paul (Cage) and his twin teenage sons, Joseph (Martell) and Thomas (Jenkins), have managed to claw out an existence, yet live in constant fear. Until, confronted by imminent danger, they must execute a desperate plan to survive. Details as to Soverall’s role haven’t been disclosed.

But Mike Nilon (Braven) wrote the script and will produce alongside Cage’s Saturn Films, Redline Entertainment’s David Wulf (Call Jane) and Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, as well as Braxton Pope (The Card Counter). Aperture’s Slava Vladimirov, Jared Underwood and Andrew Robinson are serving as exec producers. Highland Film Group is co-financing the thriller and handling worldwide rights, having launched sales at AFM 2022.