Trace Adkins, Thora Birch, Peter Facinelli, Anne Heche, Will Peltz and Paz Vaga to star in Lindsay Gossling’s 13 MINUTES

Highland Film Group announced today that Trace Adkins (Deepwater HorizonThe Lincoln Lawyer), Golden Globe nominated Thora Birch (‘The Walking Dead’, The Last Black Man in San Francisco), Peter Facinelli (Twilight saga, Countdown) Tony Award nominated and Emmy award winner Anne Heche (The Best of Enemies, “Chicago PD”), Will Peltz (“Euphoria,” Unfriended), and Paz Vega (Rambo: Last Blood, “The OA”) have signed on to Lindsay Gossling’s feature directorial debut 13 Minutes. The story was developed by Travis Farncombe and Gossling with additional casting currently underway. Gossling will also produce under her production shingle Involving Pictures alongside Travis Farncombe and Karen Harnisch. Cassian Elwes and Jere Hausfater for Elevated Films will executive produce, in association with ImpactWX.

In a small American town, residents begin a day as ordinary as the next. Mother Nature, however, has other plans for them. Inhabitants have just 13 Minutes to seek shelter before the largest tornado on record ravages the town, leaving them struggling to protect their loved ones and fighting for their lives. Principal photography will start November 11th on location in Tornado Alley.

Adkins is an actor and American country music singer with 11 million albums sold and multiple hit singles.  His film credits include: Screen Gems’ Academy Award® nominated Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw; Lionsgate’s The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey; Lionsgate’s Academy Award® nominated Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg; and Lionsgate’s I Can Only Imagine alongside Dennis Quaid.

Birch currently stars on season ten of AMC’s blockbuster series The Walking Dead. Birch recently appeared in Joe Talbot’s Sundance Award winning The Last Black Man in San Francisco. She was nominated for a Golden Globe® award for her role in Academy Award® nominated Ghost World starring alongside Scarlett Johansson.  Birch has also starred in Dreamworks’ Academy Award® winning American Beauty, New Line Cinema’s Now and Then, Paramount Pictures’ Academy Award® nominated Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games, as well as the Halloween classic, Disney’s Hocus Pocus.

Facinelli starred in Summit Entertainment’s Twilight saga alongside Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Showtime’s Golden Globe® nominated “Nurse Jackie” with Edie Falco.  Additional credits include: STX Entertainment’s Countdown, CBS’ “Supergirl,” Universal Pictures’ The Scorpion King and Columbia Pictures’ Riding in Cars with Boys.  Facinelli recently directed his first feature film, Breaking & Exiting starring Milo Gibson and Jordan Danger, and is currently in post-production on his sophomore feature film, Hour of Lead, which he stars in alongside Thomas Jane and Anne Heche.

Heche is an author, a Tony-nominated and Emmy-winning actress whorecently starred inSTX Entertainment’s The Best of Enemies with Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell and on NBC’s “Chicago P.D.”  Some of Heche’s most iconic films include Six Days & Seven Nights with Harrison Ford, Volcano with Tommy Lee Jones, Wag the Dog with Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman, Donnie Brasco with Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, John Q with Denzel Washington, Catfight with Sandra Oh. Heche recently reprised her role in a performance of Twentieth Century with Alec Baldwin on Broadway.

Peltz starred in Universal Pictures’ Unfriended with Heather Sossaman and Matthew Bohrer, Paramount Pictures’ Men, Women & Children starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner, Relativity Media’s Paranoia with Liam Hemsworth and Gary Oldman, and Twentieth Century Fox’s In Time alongside Justin Timberlake and Olivia Wilde.  He is currently in post-production on Nick Everhart’s InstaFame and Jon Abrahams’ Exploited.

Vega can currently be seen in Rambo: Lost Blood starring opposite Sylvester Stallone. Some of her recent credits include: “The OA Part I” and “Part II”on Netflix, Acts of Vengeance starring opposite Antonio Banderas, American Nights starring opposite Emile HirschAll Roads Lead to Rome starring opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Emperorstarring opposite Adrien Brody. Vega portrayedMaria Callas alongside Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, and Frank Langella in Grace of Monaco. She has also appeared in Frank Miller’s The Spirit, directed by Frank Miller with Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson; 10 Items or Less, with Morgan Freeman and Jonah Hill; Triage opposite Colin Farrell; Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So ExcitedBeautiful & Twisted opposite Rob Lowe; Kill the Messenger opposite Jeremy Renner for Focus Features; and Spanglish, with Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni. In Spain, Vega is well-known for starring in the series “7 Vidas”, billed as the Spanish “Friends” and one of the country’s best-loved sitcoms. She has starred in such Spanish films as CarmenTalk to Her, and Sex and Lucia.