If you spent last year eagerly awaiting Jess Mariano's return to Stars Hollow on "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" or spent the first part of this year becoming obsessed with Jack Pearson on "This Is Us," the idea of Milo Ventimiglia taking on a sci-fri horror film is an intriguing, albeit a bit foreign, concept.
His latest movie role is just that -- intriguing and totally different.
Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, "Devil's Gate" stars Ventimiglia as Jackson Pritchard, a man whose wife (Bridget Regan) and son (Spencer Drever) mysteriously disappear.
FBI Agent Daria Francis (Amanda Schull) teams up with Deputy Colt Slater (Shawn Ashmore) to investigate what looks like a crime in the small town of Devil's Gate, North Dakota.
As night descends on Pritchard's farm, things quickly go dark in more ways than one in this psychological thriller that boasts an unfamiliar twist.
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Speaking on stage after the premiere of the film in New York City on Monday, Ventimiglia told the audience,
I got the chance to sit down the next day with writer and director Clay Staub, co-writer Peter Aperlo, and actors Amanda Schull and Shawn Ashmore to talk a little bit more about what makes this project so special.
Staub, who studied both art and film and has worked on movies like "Dawn of the Dead," "300" and "Justice League," first began sketching out the idea for "Devil's Gate" back in 2011.
Working with a cast who had a lot of TV experience also made the whole process run smoothly.
At the premiere, the actors talked a lot about the lookbook Staub created for the project and how his images really drew them into the script in the first place.
Speaking on why she got involved, Amanda Schull, who currently stars on "12 Monkeys" and "Suits" and was Jody in 2000's "Center Stage," said,
Shawn Ashmore ("X Men: Days of Future Past," "The Ruins," "The Following") added on to that, saying,
The one thing that was very clear from the premiere and the sit-down the next day was just how close the cast became and the mutual admiration that existed.
Schull opened up about that bond they formed and the whole filming experience, telling me,
Devil's Gate is currently playing at the Tribeca Film Festival.