Epix and Blumhouse previously announced they were entering a partnership to create eight new Blumhouse films for the premium cable network. The second of those upcoming films is titled American Refugee, according to a new exclusive from Deadline.
American Refugee will center on a family desperately seeking shelter in their neighbor’s bunker during the collapse of America’s economy. When the nation is put under martial law, families discover they are increasingly in danger, but what they don’t realize is there could be more danger from inside the bunker than outside of it.
Sam Trammel, of True Blood and The Order fame, has been cast in one of the leading (and potentially antagonistic) roles. He’ll play the neighbor with who the family seeks refuge in the movie. He’ll be joined by Erika Alexander, of Living Single, Black Lightning and Wu Tang: An American Saga fame. Rounding out the main cast is 13 Reasons Why star Derek Luke.
American Refugee is the second film from the planned eight between Blumhouse and Epix.
This is not the first time that Alexander and Luke have worked with Blumhouse. Alexander starred in Get Out while Luke was part of the short-lived Purge television show. Other cast additions include newcomer Peyton Jackson, Jessi Case (Mother’s Day), Vince Mattis (Halloween) and Zamani Wilder (Sacred Lies).
The other film currently in the works from the slate deal between MGM and Blumhouse is called A House on the Bayou, which will be written and directed by Alex McAulay (Don’t Tell a Soul).
As a fan of Trammel’s since his True Blood days, it’s fun to see him taking on more horror roles such as this one and a stint in the underrated Helen Hunt starrer, I See You. He also appeared briefly in the Netflix supernatural teen drama The Order.
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