Feature Crime/Thriller - Actress, Blackmailed District Attorney
$300 per day
Ethnicity: All ethnicities
We are casting for the supporting role of District Attorney Deborah Erickson for our first feature film entitled, To Avenge.
Our projected start date to begin filming is March 2018 an extens through April 2018.
Set locations will include Ocean City, Maryland and the nearby resort towns of Fenwick Island and Lewes, Delaware. You will likely be needed on set for 3 to 4 days of filming.
Story background: To Avenge tells the story of two women who are on divergent paths as the result of a terrible crime. Vera is the victim of a sexual assault who is trying to deal with the aftermath of that physical and emotional trauma. Shortly after her assault by a group of four young men, Vera is relieved to learn her attackers have been caught. Two of the men arrested for the crime are brothers from a wealthy and well-connected family. The DA sees a strong case against all four men and prepares to move forward to trial. Due to the media interest in the story, Deborah is excited for the attention that's coming her way. She's well aware that one high profile prosecution can give an attorney celebrity status.
While at home one evening, the DA receives an anonymous call directing her to drop all the charges in the case. She's advised that doing so could be very beneficial to her career, while failure to do so will result in her husband receiving a package containing photographic and video evidence of her marital infidelity. She falls silent, listening to the voice on the other end of the phone reminding her that such a revelation would result in losing her husband, her home, the respect of her children - and the resulting scandal would haunt her in the upcoming election.
Faced with an untenable situation, the DA announces that after careful consideration they will be dropping the charges in the high profile Danvers rape case. She tells her staff privately that she came to the realization they could have never won the case in court. While the evidence seems overwhelming, she explained that the defense has nearly limitless resources and would rip their case to shreds - ultimately presenting the incident as being nothing more than consensual sex with "morning after" regret. The defense would argue it's a matter of "he said, she said" and cite the victim's overall lack of physical trauma and other aspects of the case that do not fit the typical profile of a crime of sexual violence,
After a brief stay with her parents, Vera wants to return to her job and tries to restore some semblance of normalcy to her life. At first, her coworkers are supportive, but when headline news drops the bombshell that all charges in the case are being dismissed, Vera begins to fear they now doubt the veracity of her story. Feeling let down by the release of the men who assaulted her, she must now also deal with the quiet whispers of those around her.
Unknown to Vera, someone is watching - a woman who believes what happened is unacceptable and wants to make things right by any means necessary. Over the course of the film, while Taarna takes bold action, Vera quietly proves her strength and resilience. While she experienced a terrible crime, she chooses to not remain a victim. We see her slowly, but progressively leaving her "dark place" behind, opting to regain that part of herself she had buried beneath the pain. With subtle nods to small milestones in regaining her life, we get the sense that Vera is going to be alright - which is more than can be said of the men who attacked her.
Taarna doesn't know Vera, so her reason for becoming involved is unclear at first, Taarna seems to fall into her role as vigilante, initially from a sense of disenchantment with a broken legal system. Later, she's inspired by the feeling of satisfaction she gets from delivering cosmic retribution. Still, Taarna is not the kind of person anyone would suspect of these outlaw actions and she has no readily apparent motive.
Taarna's feelings cannot be written off as mere sympathy, nor can her actions be described as getting revenge solely for Vera. In Taarna's mind, if the system won't obtain justice, she will. It's not about hatred - it's colder, more methodical and calculating. To her, it's a common sense approach to a simple formula - If she doesn't take action, who's to stop these criminals from doing it again? So Taarna takes the steps necessary to ensure that can't happen. Months after the crime, she begins targeting each of the attackers individually, getting to know their routines then delivering her unique brand of justice with a calm, almost detached demeanor.
Character Description: Deborah Erickson is the chief prosecutor heading up the Office of the District Attorney in Ocean City, MD. She was elected to the position a few years earlier and has held the office ever since. She appears to be somewhere between her late 30's and early 50's. She is height/weight proportionate, attractive and dresses for success. Her hair, eyes and overall looks are striking and she looks younger than her actual age. She is well educated and well spoken. She is intellectual, bright and a quick thinker. Her word-craft makes her a master at delivering her message in a way that leaves a lasting impression and sways juries.
D.A. Deborah Erickson known for being tough but fair with her prosecutions. She and her staff enjoy a high level of success and have worked tirelessly on behalf of victims to ensure they see justice. With her heavy workload and campaign reelection efforts, her time spent at home with her husband dwindled which began to put stress on their relationship. Seizing the opportunity to feel a sense of romantic passion again in her life, Deborah enters into a discreet relationship with another lawyer from nearby Salisbury, MD. Her indiscretion has left her vulnerable to blackmail and she finds herself being manipulated into violating her oath of office, rather than seeking justice.
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