Dennis Quaid and Madalen Mills Join Queen Latifah In "The Tiger Rising"

Highland Film Group announced today that Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominated Dennis Quaid and Madalen Mills (Jingle Jangle) have joined previously announced Academy Award® nominated Queen Latifah in Ray Giarratana’s (John Wick: Chapter 3 – ParabellumThe Tiger Rising. 

Giarratana adapted the script from Kate DiCamillo’s 2001 New York Times Bestselling children’s book of the same name.  GG Filmz’s Deborah Giarratana and Streamline Global’s Ryan Smith are producing with Queen Latifah, Allen Cheney and Christophe Suchet executive producing.  Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales, which will launch at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. 

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After starting a new life in rural Florida at the Kentucky Star Motel, reserved 12-year-old Rob lets his imagination run wild, a contrast to his life as a bullied boy who has just lost his mother. One day, his reality is met with something more whimsical than his own mind can ever desire: a full-grown Bengal tiger hidden in the woods and held captive by the mean-spirited motel owner, Beauchamp (Dennis Quaid). With the help of the wise and mysterious maid Willie May (Queen Latifah) and the stubborn new girl in school, Sistine (Madalen Mills), Rob must decide whether to set the tiger free and in turn uncage his emotional grief.

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Quaid recently starred in Universal Pictures’ A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to his 2017 box office hit A Dog’s Purpose.  He has received Golden Globe® nominations for his work in Focus Features’ Far from Heaven and HBO’s The Special Relationship, for which he also received an Emmy® nomination.  Quaid starred in such box office hits as I Can Only Imagine and What to Expect When You're Expecting for Lionsgate, Footloose and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra for Paramount Pictures, The Day After Tomorrow for Twentieth Century Fox, Vantage Point for Columbia Pictures and Academy Award® winning Traffic.  He also starred in CBS’ “Vegas” and Amazon Studios’ “Fortitude” and is currently in post-production on Netflix’s “Merry Happy Whatever” and Lionsgate’s Midway.

Mills is currently in post-production and starring in David E. Talbert’s highly anticipated Netflix live-action movie musical Jingle Jangle (produced by John Legend and Mike Jackson), also starring Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Phylicia Rashad, Hugh Bonneville and Anika Noni Rose. She previously performed in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-nominated School of Rock: The Musical on Broadway.

Quaid is represented by WME.  Mills is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.

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Highland Film Group’s slate also includes: Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s Becky starring Lulu Wilson, Kevin James, Joel McHale, Amanda Brugel, Rovert Maillet; Jiu Jitsu starring Nicolas Cage, Alain Moussi, Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, Rick Yune, Marie Avgeropoulos and JuJu Chan; Persephone starring Mary-Louise Parker and Brianna Hildebrand; Karen Maine’s Yes God Yes; John   Krokidas’   Tunnels   starring   Susan    Sarandon;    Vaughn Stein’s Inheritance starring Lily Collins and Simon Pegg; Marc Meyer’s thriller We Summon the Darkness starring Johnny Knoxville and Alexandra Daddario; David Stassen’s Happy Life starring Evangeline Lilly, Ike Barinholtz and Alexandra Daddario; Trauma Center starring Bruce Willis; Michael Polish’s Axis Sallystarring Al Pacino; Southland starring Bella Thorne and Jake Manley; Skylines, the third chapter of the successful franchise, starring Lindsey Morgan; and Ghosts of War starring Brenton Thwaites, Theo Rossi and Skylar Astin.

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About Highland Film Group

Led by founding partners Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, Highland Film Group (HFG) is an independent worldwide sales, production and film financing company. Launched in 2010, HFG has had success across a wide range of film genres and platforms, building a reputation for handling high-octane films in the action/horror/thriller space, focusing on cast, director, film maker driven content.

HFG’s diversified production and sales slate includes: Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level starring Naomi Watts and Mel Gibson; Michael Cristofer’s The Night Clerk starring Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas and Helen Hunt; Shawn Ku’s A Score to Settle starring Nicolas Cage; Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Diego Luna, and Jenna Dewan Tatum; Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa; Steven C. Miller’s action thriller Escape Plan 2: Hades starring Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista.

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