Anton and AGBO Announce Keith David, Annabeth Gish, and rising young star Benjamin Evan Ainsworth
Anton also announces a slew of international sales as principal photography begins in Canada on the horror thriller directed by Ari Costa and Eren Celeboglu
Producer and financier Anton and AGBO, through its Gozie AGBO banner, announced additional casting on their high concept horror thriller ALL FUN AND GAMES. The production, which starts principal photography this month in Canada, has confirmed that rising young actor Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Pinocchio, “The Haunting of Bly Manor”), Emmy Award winning actor Keith David (From Scratch, “Greenleaf”), and Annabeth Gish (“The Fall of the House of Usher,” “Midnight Mass”) will join previously announced actors Asa Butterfield (“Sex Education,” Hugo) and Natalia Dyer (“Stranger Things,” Yes, God, Yes). The film will be co-directed by Ari Costa (2nd Unit Extraction and Avengers: Endgame, The Internet Kills) and Eren Celeboglu (The Internet Kills, “Scrubs”). Jessica Sherman served as casting director.
Following its pre-production market launch at February’s EFM in Berlin, Anton has now concluded distribution deals on the film with leading international theatrical distributors including: Square One for Germany; Sun Distribution Group for Spain, Portugal and Latin America; Rialto for Australia and N.Z.; WW Entertainment in the Benelux; Nordisk for Scandinavia; Arna Media for CIS; Falcon Films for the Middle East excluding Israel and Turkey; Moviecloud for Taiwan; Challan for S. Korea; Sahamongkol for Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar; Husky for Vietnam; PVR for India; Cinema 21 for Indonesia; Squarebox for Malaysia and Brunei; Shaw Renters for Singapore; and Rafaella Films for the Philippines. The film is fully financed by Anton, with the company’s Cecile Gaget overseeing worldwide sales and CAA Media Finance co-representing domestic rights.
ALL FUN AND GAMES is a great summer movie for young audiences,” said Cecile Gaget. “Our international distributors have shown their confidence in the popularity of this genre by acquiring the film at this early stage.”
Anton and AGBO’s first joint production, ALL FUN AND GAMES, comes at a time when both are releasing highly-anticipated movies. Anton’s horror thriller Choose or Die (previously Curs>r), also starring Asa Butterfield, will have its worldwide debut on Netflix on April 15th. Meanwhile, Gozie AGBO’s Everything, Everywhere All At Once has been having great success in limited release and expands to theatres nationwide today.
ALL FUN AND GAMES is produced by Anton’s Sebastien Raybaud and John Zois, as well as AGBO’s Kassee Whiting and Jake Aust. Serving as Executive Producers are AGBO’s Anthony and Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, Angela Russo-Otstot; and Holly Hubsher.
About ALL FUN AND GAMES
There’s a strange element of cruelty that’s embedded in kids’ games – Flashlight Tag, Hangman, Simon Says – and sometimes it’s taken too far. ALL FUN AND GAMES follows a group of siblings who find themselves in a game with a demonic twist.
About Benjamin Evan Ainsworth (Jo)
Benjamin Evan Ainsworth is a rising young British actor who stars in the titular role of Pinocchio in the upcoming Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio”, directed by Robert Zemeckis and also starring Tom Hanks. His breakout role came as Miles Wingrave in Netflix’s mini-series “The Haunting of Bly Manor” and Disney’s feature “Flora & Ulysses”. Ainsworth can most recently be seen starring in the new Lionsgate series “Son of a Critch” that premiered in January. Next up this year, is David S. Goyer’s epic adaptation of the comic “The Sandman” for Netflix.
About Keith David (Akuna)
Keith David is a classically trained actor, Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee. Keith stars, alongside Zoe Saldana, in the upcoming Netflix limited series From Scratch. His expansive film credits include 21 Bridges, which AGBO also produced, Night School, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Requiem for a Dream, Men at Work, They Live, Crash, There’s Something About Mary, The Thing, Platoon and many others. Keith completed 5 seasons starring in “Greenleaf” for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. Other TV credits include “NCIS: New Orleans”, “Blackish,” MacGyver”, “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Community”,”Enlisted”, and “Mister Rogers Neighborhood.” Keith’s voice over work features his narration for the recent premiere of Ken Burns’ “Ali.” His collaboration with Ken has earned him 3 Emmy Awards for his narration of “Jackie Robinson”, “The War”, and “Unforgivable Blackness – The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson”. Some of his other voice acting credits include “Adventure Time”, “Bojack Horseman,” “Rick & Morty”, “Spawn”, and “Gargoyles.” On Broadway, he starred in Seven Guitars and Jelly’s Last Jam (Tony nomination). As a singer Keith has toured for the past several years with “Too Marvelous For Words,” in which Keith recreates Nat King Cole. Keith is currently creating a show about legendary blues singer Joe Williams. Born and raised in New York City, Keith is a graduate of the New York High School of the Performing Arts and the Juilliard School.
About Annabeth Gish (Katya)
After decades of memorable performances, Gish continues to evolve as one of the most iconic, versatile and impressive actors of her generation. Gish will shortly be seen in the upcoming Netflix mini-series “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and she recently appeared in Mike Flanagan’s Netflix series “Midnight Mass” alongside Hamish Linklater, Kate Siegel, and Zach Gilford. This marked Gish’s third time working with the producer/writer as she had a recurring role in his global hit “The Haunting of Hill House” and appeared in his 2016 horror film “Before I Wake.” In 2020, Gish starred as the title role in the Lifetime movie “Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos,” and also appeared in the Netflix film “Rim of the World.” Gish first made mark on Hollywood in “Desert Bloom” opposite Jon Voight, which screened at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. She went on to star in two iconic features: “Mystic Pizza” and alongside Julia Roberts, and “Shag” opposite Phoebe Cates and Bridget Fonda. Following her graduation from Duke University in 1993, Gish appeared in Lawrence Kasdan’s “Wyatt Earp” with as part of an all-star cast with Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman. In 1994, Gish played Julia Nixon-Eisenhower in Oliver Stone’s biopic “Nixon” which earned a SAG nomination for Best Ensemble and four Academy Award nominations. Additional film credits include “The Last Supper,” “Beautiful Girls (1996), “Sealed with a Kiss (1999), “Mojave Phone Booth” (2006) “Texas Killing Fields” (2011), “Nightmare Cinema”
(2018), and “Charlie Says” (2018). On television, Gish is best known for her role as “Agent Monica Reyes” on “The X-Files.” Her performance garnered a Saturn Award Nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actress. Gish has also starred in “Halt & Catch Fire,” FX’s “The Bridge” and the critically acclaimed Showtime drama “Brotherhood.” Gish also appeared on the hit show “The West Wing” as ‘Elizabeth Bartlet Westin. Her other notable TV credits include “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Scandal,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Parenthood,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Once Upon a Time,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Bag of Bones,” “Lie to Me,” “Criminal Minds,” and “CSI: Miami.” Gish received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. She is as supporter of the non-profit organization The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company.
Anton is a global content provider synonymous with quality commercially successful entertainment across multiple platforms. Its projects range from global kids and family fare such as Paddington and Shaun The Sheep, the upcoming Fireheart animated feature, and Around The World in 80 Days to genre franchises such as “His Dark Materials,” Greenland, and sequel Greenland Migration; “McMafia,” The Night House, Curs>r, and Mothers’ Instinct; as well as director-driven titles such as Fire! (Claire Denis), “Gentleman Jack” (Sally Wainwright), and “The Pursuit of Love”(Emily Mortimer). With offices in London, Los Angeles, Paris and Berlin, the Anton team partners with leading creators worldwide to produce shows that marry creativity with commercial prowess. Its hallmark is high-quality storytelling.
AGBO is an independent studio focused on developing and producing intellectual property universes spanning film, TV, audio, and interactive experiences. Founded in 2017 by award- winning and record-breaking directors Anthony and Joe Russo, along with producer Mike Larocca, AGBO’s mission is to innovate and advance the next generation of storytelling to entertain and inspire worldwide audiences. AGBO’s “Gozie Agbo” banner is geared toward championing exciting visionaries in independent film. AGBO is based in Los Angeles. https://www.agbo.com/