On April 7, 2014, it was officially announced to the public that actress Brianne Davis accepted the role, Marla Watkins, in the film "Magi." Principal photography kicks off in Istanbul on April 28.
In addition to Brianne Davis, out of L.A., the film also stars Stephen Baldwin, Michael Madsen and Lucie Pohl.
"Magi" synopsis: "Marla Watkins moved to Istanbul a few years ago. She now teaches English in a local language school. Her sister, Olivia, is a New York-based journalist. When informed about Marla's pregnancy, Olivia travels to Turkey to visit her sister. Marla lives in a fancy neighborhood. She was previously married to an Iranian artist, but the two have recently put an end to their relationship. Marla decided she'd keep the baby...and that is when sinister happenings began to occur... "
Brianne Davis is an actress, producer and director, known for her roles in "Jarhead" (2005) and "Prom Night" (2008).
Davis is engaged to actor Mark Gantt. He also resides in Los Angeles and is an award-winning actor, writer, director and film producer. Some of Gantt's many credits include "The Bannen Way" (2010), "Hidden in the Woods" (2014), "The Night Visitor" (2014), "Dexter," and "Ocean's Eleven" (2001).
Gantt and Davis have formed the production company Give & Take Productions. It focuses on both television and feature films. The duo recently completed principle photography on Davis' directorial debut on "The Night Visitor 2: Heather's Story" starring Mark Gantt, Caitlin Carmichael, Chip Coffey and Jennifer Blanc.
They are also currently in pre-production on the feature film by Jackie Blakley, "A Place Apart" that Gantt will direct and Davis will star in. In addition, they are developing an action/comedy "Ten Ferraris" and a sci-fi/thriller "She," based on a story by Davis, written by Jackie Blakely and directed by Davis as well.
The film "Magi" is the joint effort of three talents/companies. They are make-up and special effects artist Miki Lakobrija, music by Warner/Chappell Production Music and CGI and digital are by Sound On Studios.
"Magi's" Turkish director is Hasan Karacadag, and this is his sixth long feature film. It is also Karacadag's very first English-language contribution to the genre. The film is pure, modern horror specifically targeted for North American and major European audiences.
The films producers are Karacadag and Loris Curci. Curci is credited with the zombie epic "Zone of the Dead," Darren Bousman's apocalyptic "11 11 11" and the U.S. remake of Patricio Valladares' "Hidden in the Woods."
A partial listing of Brianne Davis' filmography and TV credits includes "Masters of Sex" (2014), "The Night Visitor" (2014), "Murder in the First" (2014), "True Blood" (2014), "Witches of East End" (2013), "NCIS Los Angeles" (2012), "The Bannen Way" (2010), "Cold Case" (2008), "The Haunting of Marsten Manor" (2007), "Nip/Tuck" (2006), "Dawson's Creek" (2001)...
Thanks goes to Davis' rep for sharing about her, and her recent movie role acceptance. Congratulations Brianne Davis!
Learn more about this talented actress at her website and view Brianne Davis Demo Reel. Also learn more about her, other talent, plus Turkey and L.A. locations at various links and in photo listing.
The ending of synopsis of "Magi" is "... Night falls. A terrifying scream breaks the silence. Olivia jumps up in her bed. What she is about to see is just the beginning of a nightmarish journey into the very bowels of Istanbul. Do not trust anyone, because they are all damned... "
"Marla Watkins moved to Istanbul a few years ago. She now teaches English in a local language school. Her sister, Olivia, is a New York-based journalist. When informed about Marla's pregnancy, Olivia travels to Turkey to visit her sister. Marla lives in a fancy neighborhood. She was previously married to an Iranian artist, but the two have recently put an end to their relationship. Marla decided she'd keep the baby...and that is when sinister happenings began to occur... " - Film Synopsis
Principal photography for "Magi" kicks off in Istanbul on April 28. It stars Brianne Davis, Stephen Baldwin, Michael Madsen and Lucie Pohl.
Make-up special effects is courtesy of Miki Lakobrija whose work has been seen in movies such as "A Serbian Film" and "Zone of the Dead."
Turkey as viewed on planet Earth
Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage.
The country's official language is Turkish, a Turkic language spoken natively by approximately 85% of the population.
Turks constitute 70% to 75% of the population.
Mark Gantt is engaged to Brianne Davis.
Gantt, out of Los Angeles, is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He is also a film producer.
This talented actor has many credits under his belt.
Michael Madsen is an actor, poet and photographer who has appeared in more than 150 films.
Madsen has starred in roles in such films as "Reservoir Dogs," "Free Willy," "Piranhaconda," "Donnie Brasco" and "Kill Bill," in addition to a supporting role in "Sin City."
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, and it constitutes the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart.
It has a population of 14.1 million, and the city forms one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe.
It is also the second largest in the Middle East and the third-largest city in the world by population within city limits.
Close up of Brianne Davis on Red Carpet
Here is Brianne Davis on the Red Carpet.
Her recent film project is the horror flick "Magi." She will be shooting in Istanbul, Turkey beginning April 28, 2014.
Congratulations Brianne Davis!
Originally a church, later a mosque, and now is a museum.
The Hagia Sophia was built by the Byzantines in the 6th century. It is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
Stephen Baldwin is an actor, director, producer and author. In film, he is known for his roles in "Threesome" (1994), "The Usual Suspects" (1995), "Bio-Dome" (1996), "Fled" (1996), "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" (2000), and "The Flyboys" (2008).
In television he's known as William F. Cody in the western show "The Young Riders" (1989–92), and in reality shows, such as "Celebrity Big Brother 2010" and "Celebrity Apprentice."
The Lion Gate at Hattusa, capital of the Hittite Empire. The city's history dates back to the 6th millennium BC.
The Anatolian peninsula, comprising most of modern Turkey, is one of the oldest permanently settled regions in the world. Various Ancient Anatolian populations have lived in Anatolia, beginning with the Neolithic period until conquest of Alexander the Great.
On the Red Carpet is Brianne Davis
Brianne Davis has the lead role in "Magi."
The film is the joint effort of three talents/companies.
Make-up and special effects artist is Miki Lakobrija. Lakobrija's work has been seen in movies such as "A Serbian Film," and "Zone of the Dead."
Dolmabahçe Palace is located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a 22-year interval (1887–1909) in which Yıldız Palace was used.
the Dolmabahçe palace and the Topkapi were the primary residences of the Ottoman Sultans and the administrative center of the empire between 1465 to 1856 and 1856 to 1922, respectively.
Mark Gantt on set
Mark Gantt is an actor, director, producer and writer.
Gantt is best known for his role as Neal Bannen in the Streamy Award-winning web series, "The Bannen Way."
This talented actor grew up in Stockton, California, and comes from a law enforcement family. He drew upon those family experiences as part of the backstory for the title character in "The Bannen Way."
Both Brianne Davis and Mark Gantt reside in L.A.
Officially the City of Los Angeles, often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the U.S. state of California.
It is also the second-most populous city in the United States, after New York City.
Its population at the 2010 United States Census of 3,792,621. It has a land area of 469 square miles (1,215 km2), and is located in Southern California.
Lead cast member Brianne Davis in "Magi"
On April 7, 2014, it was officially announced to the public that actress Brianne Davis accepted the role, Marla Watkins, in the film "Magi."
Principal photography kicks off in Istanbul on April 28.