Panabaker Joins Russell’s Prodigy

Danielle Panabaker (“Mr. Brooks,” TV’s “Shark”) has been cast as the female lead in Chuck Russell’s sci-fi action thriller “Prodigy” for Intrepid Pictures and Kincine says The Hollywood Reporter.

“Prodigy” centers on an elite prep school that promises to turn teenagers into geniuses through a drug-and-diet regimen for a half-million-dollar tuition.

When several alumni turn up dead, the school’s valedictorian is assigned to investigate the murders, leading him to a rebellious student (Max Theriot).

Panabaker plays the brilliant daughter of a senator who begins to question the powers that be. Dave Kalstein adapted the screenplay from his 2006 novel.

Shooting will take place in Valencia and at the Ciudad de la Luz studios in Alicante, Spain,with principal photography set to begin mid-October.