Director David R. Ellis (The Final Destination 3-D) has reeled in former “American Idol” contestant Katharine McPhee and Last House on the Left rape victim Sara Paxton for his upcoming creature-feature Shark Night 3-D. McPhee and Paxton join a cast that includes Chris Carmack (The Butterfly Effect 3), Alyssa Diaz (Red Dawn), Joel David Moore (Avatar), Dustin Milligan (The Messengers) and Sinqua Walls (Savage County).
Shark Night 3-D follows a group of college friends as they encounter man-eating sharks while vacationing at a lake house (I’m guessing bull sharks). Cameras are set to roll on the project later this month in Shreveport, LA.
Paxton, who has a string of family-friendly features, broke out of her good girl image by taking the lead in 2009’s brutally violent—and so-much-better-than-the-original—remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left. She can next be seen in director Ti West’s upcoming haunted-hotel thriller The Innkeepers.
McPhee is best known for placing second on Fox TV’s “American Idol” competition. Her only stroke-worthy turn on film has been opposite Anna Faris in the must-see comedy The House Bunny.
McPhee and Paxton aren’t the only babes starring in a shark flick. Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry and newcomer Lorraine Nicholson (Jack’s daughter) will face off against maneaters of their own in their respective films Dark Tide and Soul Surfer.