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Above the Line Exclusive: David Schwimmer, Dominic Fike, Talia Ryder to Star in Indie Little Death From Producer Darren Aronofsky

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David Schwimmer, Dominic Fike, and Talia Ryder (images via Peacock/HBO/Focus)

Friends alum David Schwimmer, Euphoria star Dominic Fike, and Never Rarely Sometimes Always actress Talia Ryder are set to star in the indie movie Little Death, which is being produced by Darren Aronofsky and his Protozoa Pictures banner.

Jack Begert will direct from a script he co-wrote with Dani Goffstein, and the feature is based on their short film La Petit Mort, which starred Darrell Britt-Gibson and Rachelle Vinberg.

The short film followed two young drug addicts who break into the home of a neurotic TV writer before spending the night cruising around LA and pondering questions of life, death, and morality.

Fike and Ryder will play the drug addicts in the feature, and while Schwimmer’s role is being kept under wraps, it seems safe to assume he’s in line to play the TV writer.

Aronofsky is producing with Dylan Golden, Brendan Naylor, and Sam Canter, and production is expected to start in August in Los Angeles.

Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky on the set of Black Swan/Fox Searchlight

Schwimmer is coming off of the Peacock series Intelligence and he’s also part of the star-studded cast of Scott Z. Burns‘ upcoming Apple series Extrapolations. He previously worked with Burns on The Laundromat, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. Schwimmer has also directed movies himself, such as Trust and Run Fatboy Run. He’s represented by the Gersh Agency and Circle of Confusion.

Ryder broke out in the acclaimed abortion drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always before landing supporting roles in Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story and the Regina Hall movie Master, which Amazon acquired out of Sundance. She went on to star in the Netflix movie Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between, and she has two films in the can — Jennifer Kaytin Robinson‘s Strangers and the ballet drama Joika starring Diane Kruger.

Fike is best known for playing Elliott on HBO’s hit series Euphoria, and Little Death is expected to serve as his first feature film. He’s repped by UTA, which also reps Ryder along with Anonymous Content.

Begert has directed music videos for Jack Harlow, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, SZA, and Schoolboy Q. He’s repped by UTA.

Next up for Aronofsky is A24’s The Whale, which is expected to be an awards contender this fall. His producing credits include Jackie and White Boy Rick, and he also produced the upcoming Netflix thriller The Good Nurse starring Oscar winners Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne. He’s repped by CAA.

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