Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Jane Seymour & More to Star in Upcoming Drama PRAYING FOR RAIN

Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Jane Seymour ("Wedding Crashers," "Austenland"), Annabelle Stephenson (ABC's "Revenge"), Nicholas Gonzalez ("The Purge: Anarchy," FOX's "Sleepy Hollow") and Paul Rodriguez ("Ali," "Blood Work") are starring in the drama "Praying for Rain" - the latest feature production from Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar's ESX Entertainment.

Alex Ranarivelo ("The Wizard," "The Wrong Side of Right," "Born to Race" film series) is directing from a script by Gloria Musca and Christina Moore.

Said Afshar, "With Jane, Annabelle Nicholas and Paul together, there is a really high caliber of talent assembled and this, we feel, will translate to a film that is of equal caliber when it comes to entertaining audiences. Having worked with Alex on a regular basis, we know he has the vision to make this a memorable film."

Forrest Lucas added, "'Praying for Rain' continues our mission of telling inspiring and purpose driven stories. We know we have a great story here but of equal importance is attracting a cast of gifted and versatile lead actors capable of bringing the story to life. We are excited to unite Jane, Annabelle Nicholas and Paul with director Alex Ranarivelo and make a wonderful movie."

When Emma Gardner, a whip smart NYC reporter learns of her father's untimely death, she returns to her home town to find that the idyllic farming community of her childhood has been ravaged by drought and has become a place tormented by gangs and the ill effects of extreme poverty. She quickly figures out that her dad's accidental death was not accidental at all. The lists of possible suspects include overly zealous environmentalists, a local war lord and other farmers jealous of her father's outstanding reputation.

"Praying for Rain" is financed and produced by ESX Entertainment with Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar serving as producers. Co-Producers are Ashley Michaelsen, Christina Moore, Daniel Carrey and Mark Heidelberger.

The film is the fourth collaboration between Afshar and Lucas's ESX Entertainment and director Alex Ranarivelo. They previously teamed on the drama "Running Wild" starring Sharon Stone, which is currently in post-production.

Principal photography for "Praying for Rain" will take place in Northern and Central California.

Seymour is repped by Innovative Artists; Stephenson by ICM Partners and Primary Wave Entertainment; Gonzalez by Pakula/King & Associates and LINK Entertainment; Rodriguez by ICM Partners and Creative Management & Productions.

About ESX Entertainment: ESX Entertainment is a multifaceted entertainment company that develops, packages, finances and produces high-end, star-driven commercial projects telling inspiring and purpose driven stories.

The company was founded and is run by Forrest Lucas, founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products, Inc., MAVTV, Lucas Cattle Company, and the naming rights to the Indianapolis Colts' Stadium, "Lucas Oil Stadium", and Ali Afshar, the record-setting professional racecar driver, turned actor, turned movie producer (and now all three at once).

Under the stewardship of Afshar, ESX develops/finances/produces anywhere from three to six projects a year across feature films and digital/television series. Budget ranges vary depending on the size and scope of the individual projects. Lucas and Afshar commit capital and resources to top filmmakers and showrunners, enabling them to make films and series that are competitive in the global marketplace.

In addition to "Praying for Rain," the company's feature film slate includes the upcoming film "Running Wild" - a humanitarian drama starring Sharon Stone, Doran Brown and Tommy Flanagan; "The Wrong Side of Right" - a social issue drama starring Lea Thompson, James Remar, Allison Paige and Jayson Blair; and "The Wizard" - a heartfelt coming of age story of perseverance in the face of adversity, starring Jon Voight, William Fichtner, Gabriel Basso and Afshar.

ESX began as an automotive performance and racing team founded by Afshar. Under the ESX banner, Afshar raced for Subaru of America for over seven years. During this span, ESX became a 2-time NHRA National & World Champion Team, 18 time NHRA event champion, 2005 RALLY AMERICA Champion (with Rocket Rally) and a world record holder.

After years of racing and also acting (Afshar's film credits include "Three Kings," "Godzilla" and "The Siege" while TV credits include "King of Queens" "JAG" and "NCIS" ), Afshar turned to producing movies and created his first full length feature titled "Born To Race" - a teen action film in the vein of "Fast and Furious" meets "Friday Night Lights." Afshar tapped into his rich auto racing history and brought dozens of sponsors to support him in this film including, Subaru of America, NHRA, Pep Boys, Injen and more. "Born to Race" surprised audiences and exceeded sales around the world thus, the second producing endeavor in Afshar's auto based films titled "Born to Race: Fast Track" was green lit. Afshar has a larger role in this film and acted alongside a great group of young actors including Diogo Morgado and Beau Mirchoff.

Photos by RD / Orchon / Retna Digital.




Related Stories View More TV Stories
Everything You Need to Know About the WICKED Movie Photo
It's a guide to the Wicked movie. The hit Broadway musical Wicked is officially coming to the big screen! BroadwayWorld collected all the information we could about the upcoming film - including who's starring, what roles haven't yet been cast, and what will change from stage to screen.

Photos: Lucien Laviscount Attends The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Diriyah Photo
This weekend sees the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship head to Diriyah for a double-header of races. To kick off the weekend, thousands of fans watched on as 22 of the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race cars in the world - the GEN3 - went head to head. Emily in Paris Netflix star Lucien Laviscount attended the first race on Friday to watch the world-class drivers and revolutionary race cars compete at speeds of up to 200mph.

Netflix Renews SOMEBODY FEED PHIL For Season Seven Photo
Netflix has announced the renewal of Somebody Feed Phil, from Emmy, James Beard Award, and Critics Choice Award-winner Phil Rosenthal. The series, which premiered its sixth season in October 2022, will once again follow Phil on his culinary adventures as he takes in the local cuisine and cultures of cities around the world.

HBO Renews THE LAST OF US For A Second Season Photo
Season one stars Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Nico Parker as Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank, Nick Offerman as Bill, Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen, Storm Reid as Riley, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Keivonn Woodard as Sam, and more.


From This Author - Caryn Robbins


Lin-Manuel Miranda To Return For HIS DARK MATERIALS Season 3 On HBOLin-Manuel Miranda To Return For HIS DARK MATERIALS Season 3 On HBO
October 6, 2022

HBO has confirmed that award-winning composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda will return for the third season of the fantasy drama.

Development Halts On Disney+ BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Prequel SeriesDevelopment Halts On Disney+ BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Prequel Series
February 10, 2022

A planned Beauty and the Beast musical prequel series will not move forward at Disney+.

Tony & Grammy Winner Michael Cerveris' Loose Cattle to Stream Live Performance TonightTony & Grammy Winner Michael Cerveris' Loose Cattle to Stream Live Performance Tonight
January 5, 2022

Loose Cattle, fronted by two-time Tony Award & Grammy winner Michael Cerveris and Kimberly Kaye, will stream a performance live from New Orleans tonight!

Bertie Carvel Joins THE CROWN Season Five As Tony BlairBertie Carvel Joins THE CROWN Season Five As Tony Blair
October 28, 2021

The acclaimed Netflix series, 'The Crown' has added Tony Award-winning actor Bertie Carvel to its cast in the role of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

REVIEW ROUNDUP: What Do Critics Think of EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE?REVIEW ROUNDUP: What Do Critics Think of EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE?
September 17, 2021

Inspired by true events, Everybody's Talking About Jamie follows Jamie New (Harwood), a teenager from Sheffield, who dreams of life on stage.