LOS ANGELES—Adult performers Priya Rai and James Bartholet are stepping into the mainstream world of film to costar and coproduce Isis Rising: Curse of the Lady Mummy for TomCat Films.
This marks the first in a planned franchise for the scantily clad supernatural hellraiser. Isis will be played by Indian-born Rai. Costar Bartholet will be playing the ill-fated museum security guard, Henry.
Isis Rising: Curse of the Lady Mummy marks the pair’s mainstream debut as associate producers. The movie will begin filming in Arizona during October.
"This is a very exciting project to be working on and I am so thrilled and honored to be starring in it. It's going to be a lot of fun filming this. I love horror movies and I can't wait to get started," said Rai.
The movie is about a group of college co-eds who take on a deadly assignment for their final course in archeology. As they learn in their studies about ancient Egypt, Isis and Osiris are rulers of the land and all are happy for the couple except one. The envious Set kills Osiris in order to take over his kingdom. Isis sneaks into Osiris’ tomb and tries to raise him from the dead using her black magic. Set catches Isis in the act and has Osiris cut to pieces, with each piece buried in a different part of the land so Isis could never again raise her husband. Isis vows to avenge Osiris’ death and return with him to rule over all the worlds.
The students haphazardly awaken the ancient spirit of Isis’ lost soul and unleash her wrath as they try to flee from the museum.
"The script looks great; it's very suspenseful and the audiences will love it. Priya and I are very happy to not only be costarring in this, but also working as associate producers. We're very fortunate that a production company is giving us the chance to show our mainstream acting and producing side to the world," added Bartholet.
TomCat Films owner Ted Chalmers said, "We're looking forward to starting this film. We feel the film will be a winner out of the gates. The elements are all here in line with the TomCat brand. We’ve got a sexy, supernatural antagonist, a thrilling storyline, visual effects and a star in the gorgeous, talented Priya Rai, whom I’ve envisioned for the role since I first conceived the project."
Director and scriptwriter Lisa Palencia said, "I'm really excited about working with both of them on this project. We've got a good cast.”
TomCat Films is a member of the Independent Film and Television Alliance, and will be introducing the project at this year’s American Film Market.