BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN AND ACADEMY AWARD� NOMINEE GRAHAM GREENE STAR IN "THE WILD GIRL," A HALLMARK CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE WHICH HAS BEGUN PRODUCTION FOR PREMIERE IN 2010
Brian Austin Green ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Beverly Hills 90210") and Academy Award� nominee Graham Greene ("Dances With Wolves") star in "The Wild Girl," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie set in the 1930s about a group of Americans who embark on a perilous expedition to exchange a young Apache girl for the son of a wealthy Mexican land owner who has been kidnapped by her tribe.
"The Wild Girl" has begun production in Toronto, Canada, and is set to premiere on Hallmark Channel in 2010.
Ned Giles (Green), an aspiring photographer, is desperate for a job at a local newspaper. When he notices a flyer advertising the chance for privileged men to sign up for an adventure into Old Mexico to save a young boy from the clutches of wild Apache Indians, he convinces Tolley Phillips (Mathew Edison, "House Party"), the troublemaking son of a railroad tycoon, to bring him as his valet so he can photograph the story.
When Ned and Tolley arrive at the expedition's base camp, Ned wanders off alone and discovers a young Apache girl lying in a motionless heap on the ground. He brings her back to the camp where the two local Apache scouts guiding the expedition -- Joseph (Greene) and Albert (Gregory Odjig, "Elijah") -- determine she must be brought back to her people in order to survive. Margaret Hawkins (Kathleen Munroe, "Accidental Friendship"), a graduate student traveling with the expedition as an unofficial anthropologist, negotiates with the expedition authorities to let her, Ned, Tolley, and another valet travel with the guides ahead of the rest of the group and attempt to trade the girl with the Apache Indians for the kidnapped boy.
During the journey, the wild girl unexpectedly befriends the Americans and they form a remarkable relationship that ultimately determines their fate.
Based on the book by Jim Fergus, "The Wild Girl" is being produced by Muse Entertainment Productions. Michael Prupas ("Pillars of the South"), Joel Rice ("Christmas Choir"), William Stewart ("The Rock"), David Helpern ("Leave it to Beaver"), Irene Litinsky ("The Last Templar") and Jesse Prupas ("Family Biz") are the executive producers. Steve Solomos is the producer. Don McBrearty ("Accidental Friendship") is directing from a script by Ronald Parker ("Broken Trail").
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