Catalyst Studios’ Switch & Bait Casts Leads

Otmara Marrero (“Start-Up”) and Katie Clarkson-Hill (“Hanna”) are set to star in Catalyst Studios actioner “Change & Bait.”

Directed by Michelle Saledo, the pic is the first enterprise of Catalyst Studios to begin bodily manufacturing. Catalyst launched its banner in May with an preliminary slate of six attribute films directed, produced and centered on female protagonists.

Principal photographs began in Belgrade, Serbia, this earlier week. Megan Messmer and Veronica Caicedo are producing, whereas Catalyst Studios’ Holly Levow, Mark Pennell and Paul Kampf are authorities producing. Highland Film Group is coping with the worldwide product sales on the title.

“Change & Bait” is based on a script written by Russell Gewirtz (“Inside Man”) and tells the story of a seemingly naïve title girl (Clarkson-Hill) who escapes the clutches of a notorious gangster with a mobile phone containing all his secrets and techniques and strategies. A hard female cop (Marrero), who would possibly or won’t be crooked, is given the job to get the witness, on time and in a single piece to testify. Nonetheless, in a fast-paced, action-packed chase, it shortly emerges that not everybody appears to be who they pretend to be.

Saledo acknowledged: “From the second I study it, I thought of Otmara Marrero inside the lead place. She’s the right mixture of vitality and vulnerability and isn’t afraid to sort out tough roles that take her out of her comfort zone.

“Katie Clarkson-Hill is a rising star and can in all probability be her companion in crime as the women embark on this cross-country journey collectively,” the director added. “I’ve found an stunning creative sanctuary in Serbia and I’m thrilled to be working with the extraordinarily gifted crew to convey this story to life.”

Catalyst Studios chairperson Holly Levow added: “This slate covers a varied assortment of flicks, from aspirational storylines, action-based adventures, and psychological thrillers. The Catalyst mission is to shine a lightweight on female experience, promoting women in every place of the tactic in entrance of and behind the digicam.”

Catalyst Studios’ Paul Kampf acknowledged: “That’s an daring enterprise for Catalyst’s first enterprise out of the gate. Nonetheless we now have now established a robust manufacturing footprint proper right here in Serbia. The crews are incredible, and we’re passionate about lastly getting the wheels turning.”

Marrero is represented by Progressive Artists, whereas Clarkson-Hill is repped by Hamilton Hodell.

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