By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - Jason Priestley is hoping to bring some California sunshine to Halifax as he attends the premiere of his new movie on Monday night.
Cas and Dylan is the first feature-length film the Canadian-American actor has directed, which he said he’s “very excited” to bring to the Atlantic Film Festival.
“It was a really fun shoot,” Priestley said over the phone from Los Angeles on Friday, of the road-trip movie starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany.
Priestley said the story of an aging doctor going on the lam with a young woman was filmed last year from Sudbury, Ont. across the prairies and into British Columbia.
“I think that it definitely gives it a very distinct, Canadian flair which is something very different from a movie like Thelma & Louise,” he said.
Priestley, best known for his role as Brandon Walsh on the drama Beverly Hills 90210, is no stranger to the 902 area code.
He’s been spotted around New Minas in recent years while shooting the TV series Call Me Fitz, and counts chef Craig Flinn of Chives amongst his friends.
Bluegrass fans might also pick up on the sound of Nova Scotia banjo player Old Man Luedecke in one scene, a style Priestley said he likes.
“We’ve got a couple Nova Scotia artists on the soundtrack,” Priestley said. “When people see the movie … they’re going to hear a lot of very recognizable music.”
Priestley said he was originally drawn to Cas and Dylan because of the great script.
“It sort of the had that 70s independent-movie sensibility,” said Priestley. “It didn’t shy away from the ending that it should have had.”
Everything won’t be “wrapped up in a neat little bow” by the end of the film, Priestley said, but it’s still an uplifting story about two unlikely people and what they can teach each other.
“It doesn’t shy away from the realities of life, and … that’s what I really responded to,” he said.
Cas and Dylan screens Monday at 7 p.m. in Park Lane Cinemas, with Priestley to be in attendance.