Jason Priestley to direct first project in Canada

New flick will star Richard Dreyfuss.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Jason Priestley is working on his directorial debut, a flick called "Cas & Dylan," which will star Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss as well as Regina native Tatiana Maslany.

Dreyfuss will take on the role of Cas Pepper, a man with an illness who wants to take his own life until he meets up with Dylan (played by "Being Erica's" Maslany), a free-spirited woman who puts a kink in his plans. Dreyfuss, who won an Oscar in 1977 for his part in "Goodbye Girl," has most recently worked on such projects as TV's "Weeds" and "Parenthood," and will appear on the A&E show "Coma."

Meanwhile Priestley, who is also from Regina and is best-known for playing Brandon Walsh in the popular '90s series "Beverly Hills, 90210," has been the star of "Call Me Fitz" for three successful seasons. He has directed a number of episodes for the show as well, also flexing his directing muscle for several "Haven" episodes. He even directed a documentary about the Canadian band The Barenaked Ladies – however, this will be his first film project.

Mark Montefiore of Montefiore Films, who hails from Toronto, will direct the film, and the script is written by Jessie Gabe (also of "Being Erica" fame).

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