Janina Gavankar Starring In & Writing Femme Monster Movie For 108 Media; ‘The Way Back’ Actress Also Joins Amazon’s ‘Invasion’

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Janina Gavankar Starring In & Writing Femme Monster Movie For 108 Media; ‘The Way Back’ Actress Also Joins Amazon’s ‘Invasion’
Exclusive: The Way Back and The Morning Show actress Janina Gavankar is writing and starring in a female-driven monster movie based on the ancient Hindu myth of the Rakshasa. 108 Media will finance and produce the pic.

Gavankar co-wrote the feature with her creative partner Russo Schelling, and the movie will be shot in India. Abhi Rastogi, Matthew Francis Wilson, and Justin Deimen are also aboard as EPs.

The myth of Rakshasa is a bloodthirsty demon that makes mankind its prey, after being banished from the realm of the gods and forced to live among men. The project follows Gavankar and Schelling’s co-directed short film Stucco, which won the Special Jury Recognition for Creature Design prize at SXSW 2020 and already has been viewed over 14M times online since its release in March. Stucco also opened the Oscar-qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival.

Separately, Gavankar has joined the Amazon Studios/Film4/Raw’s sci-fi thriller Invasion,
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