By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Former student of the Pacific Palisades iteration of The Adderley School and Paul Revere Charter Middle School Jack Dylan Grazer landed a leading role in psychological thriller film “Don’t Tell a Soul,” which is now available for streaming.
“Two thieving teenage brothers, stealing money to help their sick mom, match wits with a troubled security guard stuck at the bottom of a forgotten well,” according to a description of the flick found on IMDb.
According to reviews, Grazer and his brother, played by Fionn Whitehead, grapple with how to handle the security guard who is stuck in a well after chasing them for stealing more than $12,000 from a house. The interactions with the security guard allows the brothers’ two personalities to come to light (with Grazer often being pressured by Whitehead to make unsavory choices from the start—including deciding whether or not to take the funds to help their somewhat helpless widowed mother).
Written and directed by Alex McAulay, “Don’t Tell a Soul” also stars Mena Suvari, Rainn Wilson and McKenna Christine Poe.
“McAulay brings out the best in almost all of his cast members (Suvari doesn’t have much of a role), but especially Grazer and Wilson, as in a key scene where Joey suggests that they ‘scare’ but ‘don’t hurt’ Matt,” according to a review penned by Simon Abrams. “The quick, hungry way that Wilson replies (‘Exactly’) is suggestive enough to make you wonder what exactly McAulay’s characters are going to do next.”
Seventeen-year-old Grazer grew up in and around the world of entertainment and has already garnered awards for his performances, including an MTV Movie + TV Award for Best On-Screen Team for 2017’s “It” and a Fright Meter Award for Best Ensemble Cast in 2019 for “It Chapter Two.”
Grazer tackled the role of Eddie Kaspbrak in both horror flicks, appearing in TV series “My, Myself and I,” “Beautiful Boy” and “Shazam!” between the release of the two films.
In an October 2017 piece published in Paul Revere’s The Town Crier, Grazer shared that seeing himself on billboards and on TV felt “surreal so far.”
“I am living my dream,” he shared in an interview with writer Alexandra Schoettler. “My whole life I aspired to be in the place where I am right now and here I am.”
The film, which had its world premiere at the Deauville Film Festival, was released on January 15 and is now available for streaming. It is rated R with a runtime of 83 minutes.
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