November 8, 2005

Olin, Howard, Robards Get ‘Awake’ Call

By Gregg Goldstein

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Lena Olin, Terrence Howard and Sam Robards are joining Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba in the psychological thriller "Awake."

Christensen plays a victim of "anesthetic awareness," in which a patient remains awake but paralyzed during surgery.

Olin and Robards play Christensen's parents, and Alba plays his wife, who's facing her own demons. Howard plays the heart surgeon who leads the operation.

Production began October 31 in New York. Writer Joby Harold is making his directorial debut on the project, which will be distributed by the Weinstein Co., the new company set up by former Miramax Films chiefs Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter