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‘Pitch Perfect’ star Alexis Knapp to film a movie in St. Petersburg

The actor will star in and produce the movie.
"Pitch Perfect 2" stars, from left, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp and Rebel Wilson. [RICHARD CARTWRIGHT  |  Universal Studios]
"Pitch Perfect 2" stars, from left, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp and Rebel Wilson. [RICHARD CARTWRIGHT | Universal Studios]
Published Jan. 3
Updated Jan. 6

Alexis Knapp rose to Hollywood prominence portraying sex-crazed Barden Bellas crooner Stacie Conrad in the Pitch Perfect franchise. But her next film will make moviegoers shriek instead of sing.

Knapp will star in and produce the horror action movie Rosary. It will shoot in St. Petersburg in late January.

According to IMDB.com, Rosary was created by Satan to lead his armies in the war against heaven. But, fearing her strength, Satan tried to imprison her. Rosary broke free and sought refuge on Earth while seeking to return to hell to kill her father.

Tom Savini, who provided the makeup effects for Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Friday the 13th and other iconic horror franchises, made the costume for the Rosary character. And the movie will be scored by John Wick franchise composer Joel Richard.

The director is Sarasota’s Ryan Swantek, 26, who admittedly “has no connections to Hollywood." So how did he attach three Hollywood names to his movie?

“I asked,” Swantek said with a laugh. “I cold emailed them. They each happened to like the project and my previous stuff and took a chance on me."

His previous projects include the short film Panther Ridge, about a young woman who enters the world of underground bondage films. Released online, it has nearly half a million views.

Much of Rosary’s filming in St. Petersburg will occur at the 260 First venue on First Avenue N, doubling as a “demon nightclub,” Swantek said.

Locals interested in participating as extras should email swantekproductions@gmail.com.

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