‘Riverdale’s KJ Apa and Demi Moore battle a pandemic in COVID-inspired thriller ‘Songbird’

October 30, 2020
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If you are looking for a new way to escape from the real world, how about a pandemic thriller filmed during COVID-19?

According to Variety, the trailer for the new film “Songbird” deals with a mutated strain of coronavirus, entitled COVID-23, that has ravaged the world for four years. Too soon?

Set in 2024, the movie features “Riverdale” star KJ Apa and Disney actress Sofia Carson as a couple separated while living in quarantine under martial law.

“Infected Americans are ripped from their homes and forced into quarantine camps known as Q-Zones, from which there is no escape, as a few brave souls fight back against the forces of oppression,” reads a description for the film, according to the New York Post.

Despite the frightening scenario, the film’s director, Adam Mason, noted there is a love story at the heart of the story.

“It’s a dystopian, scary world, but it’s a romantic movie about two people who want to be together, but they can’t,” Mason told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ but they’re separated by her front door and by the virus.”

Shot over the summer in Los Angeles, Mason downplayed the limitations the pandemic posed to the production.

“I’m used to being very close to the actors and filming in this very intimate way that was perfectly suited to filming during the rules and regulations of the lockdown.” he added. “I found it incredibly liberating because everyone was just so happy to be involved.”

The film also stars Demi Moore, Bradley Whitford, Craig Robinson from “The Office,” “Baywatch” actress Alexandra Daddario, and is produced by Michael Bay.

A release date for “Songbird” has yet to be announced.

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