Russell Brand, Sasha Pieterse ("Pretty Little Liars") and 17 year-old Austin Abrams ("The Inbetweeners") are in talks to star in Werner Herzog's next film "Vernon God Little" at Canana Films.
Based on DBC Pierre's 2003 debut novel, the story is set in a small Texan border town. A violent school shooting is perpetrated by a bullied loner who guns down six classmates and then himself.
Vernon (Abrams), his only friend, not only witnesses the suicide he then becomes a suspect in the shootings. Despite the dark subject matter, the tone is said to be that of a satirical black comedy about America's fame and violence obsessions.
Brand would play a charming but manipulative reporter who is willing to betray anyone in order to get a fresh angle on the story. Pieterse plays the beautiful but self-absorbed object of Vernon's affections.
Herzog helms from a script by Andrew Birkin ("Perfume: The Story of a Murderer") with filming to begin this spring in Mexico.
Source: The Wrap