Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency star Hannah Marks is set to star in the high school comedy, Banana Split. Marks will be pulling triple duty on the project as co-writer and executive producer. Cinematographer Ben Kasulke (Red Oaks, Safety Not Guaranteed) is making his directorial debut with the comedy financed by Jeremy Garelick and Mickey Liddell’s American High production company.
In addition to Marks, the cast includes Liana Liberato (If I Stay, 1 Mile to You), Dylan Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody), Jessica Hecht (Red Oaks), Luke Spencer Roberts (Eggplant Emoji), Addison Riecke (The Beguiled), and Jacob Batalon (Spider-man: Homecoming).
Filming’s expected to begin soon in Syracuse, New York. Will Phelps, Glen Trotiner, and Sam Slater are on board as producers. Marks, Joey Power, and Rowan Riley are executive producing.
“Banana Split is a movie about an unexpected female friendship during the pivotal transition between high school and college. This project is so close to me, and I am thrilled to be working with such funny and talented people,” said Hannah Marks.
“I am so honored to be working on a phenomenal script by my old friends Hannah Marks and Joey Power, with such a professional and accomplished cast, and to be directing a feature film in the shadow of the hospital I was born in. All of this is a wonderful and unexpected experience,” added first-time feature film director Kasulke.
Hannah Marks’ credits include Hard Sell, Awkward., Wisdom of the Crowd, Southbound, Necessary Roughness, The Amazing Spider-Man, Flashforward, and Weeds. Dylan Sprouse is best known for Disney Channel’s The Suite Life series’ and films in which he co-starred with his twin brother, Cole (currently playing Jughead Jones in The CW’s Riverdale).