‘Max Steel’ Lead Actors Announced

Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane lead the cast of 'Max Steel'.

A pair of newcomers were announced yesterday as the male and female leads in Dolphin Films and Mattel’s upcoming live action adaptation of the toy franchise Max Steel, set to begin filming in Wilmington, North Carolina soon.

Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane lead the cast of 'Max Steel'.
Ben Winchell and Ana Villafane lead the cast of ‘Max Steel’.

Ben Winchell (A.N.T. Farm, Necessary Roughness) has signed on to play the lead role of Max McGrath, who teams with his alien pal Steel to form the titular superhero, while Ana Villafane (Hiding) will play Max’s love interest Sydney Gardner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It was announced back in September that Mattel would be teaming up with Dolphin Entertainment and Open Road Films to develop a live-action feature film based on the “Max Steel” character, to be written by Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) and directed by Stewart Hendler (H+, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn).

Max Steel tells the story of teenager Maxwell McGrath and his alien pal Steelis, a duo that can combine “turbo-energy powers” to generate the superhero Max Steel.

First introduced by Mattel in the late 1990s, the franchise was rebooted earlier this year with a new animated series airing on Disney XD and a new toy line that hit shelves this past fall.

 The live-action film will be the first in a multi-picture distribution deal with Open Road Films

Max Steel will arrive in theaters in late 2014.

'Max Steel' (2014), to be filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina

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