Dolphin Films and Mattel’s upcoming live action adaptation of the toy franchise Max Steel officially began filming in Wilmington, North Carolina earlier this month, and just today we learned that Maria Bello (Prisoners, Assault on Precinct 13) has joined the cast, presumably playing the titular hero’s mom.
You can scroll down to view a photo that Bello tweeted of her co-star Ben Winchell from the Wilmington set this morning!
Andy Garcia also recently joined the cast, playing the brilliant and mysterious scientist Dr. Miles Edwards.
Ben Winchell (A.N.T. Farm, Necessary Roughness) plays 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.
Mattel is teaming up with Dolphin Entertainment and Open Road Films for live-action feature film based on the “Max Steel” character, 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.
— maria bello (@maria_bello) May 13, 2014
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