‘Vampire Diaries’ star Nina Dobrev plays ‘Deathgames’ (exclusive)

Dobrev_nina_150 Nina Dobrev, star of CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” has joined the cast of “Deathgames,” MPCA’s indie action movie starring Kellan Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson.

James Remar, who plays Dexter’s father on Showtime’s “Dexter,” and Derek Mears, who inhabited Jason Vorhees in the recent ”Friday the 13th,” also have been cast in the movie, which is shooting in Louisiana.

The story centers on a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses in games orchestrated by Jackson.

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INTERVIEW: Jake and Gemma’s “Hot” Desert Adventure!

TeenHollywood: Is there anything about your character Dastan that sends a positive message to coming of age teens who need to recognize their potential?

Jake: Yeah. He was an orphan and he was brought into a family, or the royal family by the King because of a good deed that he did and because he was pure of heart. A lot of things kind of threaten us all the time and to not listen to our own hearts, to make choices based on what other people think are cool or what other people say are cool (just doesn’t work).

The lesson for Dastan is to follow his own heart and to influence other people around him like his brothers and his family to follow theirs too. And when he does this, it all works out for the best . Ultimately it’s not painless but it’s for the best and I hope that kids can take away that if they listen to their hearts, they’ll never really go wrong.

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What do you think of Nina Dobrev being cast in Deathgames?

From the commercials, The Prince of Persia looks pretty good. Do you plan to see it?