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Major Dodson, who recurred on season 6 of AMCs The Walking Dead, has been tapped for the titular role in the indie film, Tysons Run, from writer/director Kim Bass. Tyson, a boy living with autism, tries to connect with his unfulfilled father by training for a marathon with a disgraced former champion. Bass, who created primetime family series Sister, Sister and Keenan & Kel, is producing the pic with Deanna Shapiro. Filming is scheduled to being next month in Atlanta. John Cappetta will serve as exec producer. Dodson, whose credits include Left Behind and American Horror Story, is repped by Buchwald & Artists First.

Newcomer Bella Higginbotham has joined Amazon Studios Troupe Zero, which stars Mckenna Grace, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan, and Mike Epps. Bert & Bertie are directing the pic which is shooting in New Orleans. Its about a group of elementary school misfits who start a Girl Scout troupe. Lucy Alibar penned the screenplay which Todd Black is producing. Troupe Zero is Higginbotham first movie. Shes appeared in many Nashville stage plays and she will be appearing in A Midsummer Nights Dream at Shakespeare in the Park with The Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Shes repped by The Cannon Group.

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