Springer Theater Academy student Riley Wolfe Rach has been cast as Willis’ granddaughter
Hollywood director Matt Eskandari quietly spent time at the Springer Film Institute recently as he assembled the final pieces to shoot the Bruce Willis film, The Long Night, in Columbus. On his last visit, he found an actor he’d been looking for.
Springer student, Riley Wolfe Rach, has been cast to play Willis’ granddaughter in the action-thriller and her role will be central to the action of the story. Ms. Wolfe Rach will have numerous scenes with Willis. The thirteen-year-old has been a student in the Springer Theatre Academy for three years and is studying “Acting for the Camera” this summer in the Springer’s new film studio. She is also a student at Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts.
In addition, her teacher, Springer Film Institute director, Sara Lynn Holbrook, has been hired as Child Labor Coordinator on the film.
The film is about two ruthless criminals who break into a disgraced doctor’s home to be given medical attention after one of them is shot during a robbery gone wrong. Knowing that he lacks the expertise to patch up the injured trespasser, the doctor must protect his family at all costs.
“We’ve really enjoyed having Matt Eskandari around the Springer lately.“ said SFI producer Jef Holbrook. “We recommended many local professionals and Springer students for him to consider, and he has been a joy to work with. Matt attended an entire day of Springer Theatre Academy last week and even participated in the end-of-day ritual called ‘Salutations.’ He observed theatre and film classes and got a chance to witness Riley Wolfe Rach in action. After that, he made his final casting decision on her.”
Doug Wolfe wrote the screenplay and Eskandari will direct. This will mark the sixteenth collaboration between Emmett/Furla Oasis Films and Willis and the second between Emmett/Furla and Eskandari as the team is currently in post-production on Trauma Center. Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce with Tim Sullivan, Alex Eckert, and Ted Fox serving as executive producers.
The Springer Film Institute was founded last year to help cultivate an indigenous film culture in Columbus. SFI teaches courses in film acting, cinematography, editing, screenwriting, voice-over and animation. SFI also produces short films, web series, and documentaries.
Says Jef Holbrook, “SFI is eager to support all of the organizations that are working so hard to build Columbus’ film industry. We have some amazing resources here, and there’s no reason Columbus cannot be a major player in the state’s drive to be a world-class destination for filmmaking. Sara and I are devoted to helping make that happen.”