Aneesh Chaganty burst onto the scene in 2018 with his directorial debut “Searching,” which starred John Cho in a desperate search for his missing daughter set entirely on computer screens and smart phones. It broke new ground for the way a box office hit could be made, costing under $900,000 and earning over $70 million worldwide.
With “Run,” Chaganty returns as director and co-writer alongside Sev Ohanian, with a feature that looks equally as thrilling and exciting. Emmy Award winner Sarah Paulson (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”) and Kiera Allen star in this two-hander set almost exclusively inside a house. The mother-daughter dynamic takes a turn when the young 17-year-old Chloe (Allen) discovers that her mother Diane (Paulson) is hiding a very dark secret. Chloe has been raised in isolation her entire life and only now realizes the danger that Diane possesses.
Allen’s casting in the leading role signifies a major step for studio movies, with the young disabled actress being given the opportunity to play a leading disabled character in her debut feature film. Like her character, Allen uses a wheelchair and her work will hope to create greater visibility for disabled actors. Entertainment Weekly interviewed Allen for their first look at the film and she detailed her excitement at being cast as the lead in a studio movie:
“I believe this will be the first studio movie ever starring a wheelchair user, and just to be part of a historical moment like that is really, really exciting. But the more exciting thing for me was just the character and the story, and to be able to play a part that was really about the character and not about the disability. And it was written so richly, and with such specificity and detail, which really gave me a lot to play with. But I never felt like he was casting just to be inclusive, I really felt like it was a collaboration.”
The film is distributed by Lionsgate, who are shaping up to have a busy 2020 with the releases of “Spiral” — the next installment in the “Saw” franchise — and “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.” They come off the back of a successful awards season in which “Bombshell” picked up the Academy Award for Best Makeup & Hairstyling and Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” was a box office success and nominee for Best Original Screenplay.
The trailer for “Run” can be seen here:
“Run” will hit U.S. theaters on May 8, 2020.