On Tuesday, August 1, 2012, Canadian Film Director Alison Parker and her Casting Director, Travis Doering, are very pleased to announce that award winning actress Julia Benson has been cast in the feature film The Ferret Squad, which is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to begin filming in August of 2012.
Benson is best known for her role as “Lt. Vanessa James” on the TV Series SGU: Stargate Universe, for which she won a Leo Award. Other notable TV appearances include principal roles on Supernatural, Aliens In America, Whistler, The Evidence, Dead Zone, and Stargate Atlantis. Film roles include the recently wrapped Chupacabra Vs. The Alamo in which she stars with Erik Estrada (C.H.I.P.s). Other film highlights include lead roles in Road To Victory, Dinner with Friends, Zero Hour, Crazy Late, Mr Troop Mom, The Unquiet and Death Do Us Part, which she also produced and co-starred with her husband, actor Peter Benson.
Benson has been cast in the role of “Marcie” in The Ferret Squad. The Ferret Squad is a family-friendly feature that tells the story of Max Jones, played by Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale star Connor Stanhope (Connor also played the role of young “Lex Luthor” on the TV series Smallville) In the story, Max is a teenage boy who must move to California with his father, Ben (Canadian Award Winning Actor Chad Willett, The Locket, Joan of Arc); he then realizes that Digger, his pet ferret, won’t be able to come along because ferrets are illegal. Max finds a way to sneak Digger across the border, and thinks his troubles are over. In his new home state, Max meets and joins forces with a group of quirky kids known as “The Ferret Squad” who spend their summer days rescuing and fostering illegal ferrets. When Animal Control plans to destroy some confiscated ferrets, Max and the Ferret Squad go on a desperate mission to save the poor animals by transporting them across the border with the law and their parents in hot pursuit.
Marcie (Benson) is at a crossroads in her life. She’s moved on from her messy divorce and is looking forward to the future, but she’s overworked, and often too busy to take time for her kids. She values her job at the California Fish and Game and will do whatever it takes to keep it, even if it means turning in her kids, Ferret Squad members Frankie and Stanley, for harboring illegal ferrets. When Marcie meets Ben, she’s surprised to find herself attracted to him. But Ben’s not interested in her advances and Marcie’s feelings get hurt. Things go from bad to worse when she loses her job because her kids (unbeknownst to her) are harboring and rescuing ferrets. Marcie is then forced to decide what’s most important in her life.
Benson joins an impressive cast that includes in addition to Stanhope and Willett, Canadian Award Winning Actor Cainan Weibe, whose acting credits include roles in The Sandlot 3 (“Ryan”), Sucker Punch (“Tommy Boy”), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (“Newborn Boy”), Falling Skies (“Marshall”), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (“Quentin”), Eric McNamee (“Gus” on the Cartoon Network’s “Level Up”), Clive Holloway (“Maurice” on the UK TV Show “Beaver Falls”), Sean Michael Kyer (who has appeared on the TV shows “Alcatraz”, “Fringe” and “Continuum”), Dylan Schmid (“Baelfire” on the TV Series “Once Upon A Time”), Sierra Pitkin (Juno), Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale alumnus Blu Mankuma (“Harry Helmsley”, 2012), Award Winning Canadian Actress Gabrielle Rose (Excited), Michael Roberds (“Uncle Fester” on the TV Series The New Addams Family) and Falcor the Ferret (Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale).
If you would like more information about this project or wish to interview Alison Parker, please contact her directly at (604) 345-3263 or e-mail her at email@example.com
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