Tyler Perry joins the cast of “Brain on Fire”

As an actor, Perry has worked with David Fincher for “Gone Girl” and Rob Cohen for “Alex Cross.”

Tyler PerryTyler Perry (“Gone Girl”) will join the cast of “Brain on Fire.” The film directed by Gerard Barrett is based on Susannah Cahalan’s New York Times bestseller “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness” and is currently shooting in Vancouver with an anticipated release in 2016.  Previously announced cast includes Chloë Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Jenny Slate, Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Moretz plays Susannah, a rising journalist at the New York Post who falls victim to an inexplicable illness that has her hearing voices, hallucinating, battling bouts of paranoia and lashing out during violent episodes. As weeks go by and Cahalan rapidly descends into insanity, there seems to be no hope for answers until a lucky last-minute intervention by one doctor gives her a diagnosis and the chance to rebuild her life.

Perry, who announced last year that he would be taking a break from directing movies will play Richard, Susannah’s boss at the New York Post. As an actor, he has worked with David Fincher for “Gone Girl” and Rob Cohen for “Alex Cross.”

Broad Green Pictures will distribute “Brain on Fire” in the United States, while the studio’s partner, Mister Smith Entertainment will continue to sell international rights after having launched the film at the European Film Market in February.

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