Katherine Heigl and Harry Connick, Jr. to star in important schizophrenia film

Shooting on the movie, written and directed by Castille Landon, begins this week.

Katherine Heigl and Harry Connick, Jr. have teamed up to make a new movie they hope will shed a light on the plight of young schizophrenics.

The two stars will lead the cast of writer/director Castille Landon's new psychological thriller I Saw a Man With Yellow Eyes, and both admit they jumped at the chance to be a part of such an important film.

"I was truly taken by the heartbreaking story of I Saw A Man With Yellow Eyes," Harry tells WENN. "Castille Landon has written a tremendous script and has proven to be a fabulous director, tirelessly searching for the most truthful and artful ways to tell this tale of mental illness.

"Castille and the incredible cast and crew have gone all-in to make the often-misunderstood world of schizophrenia a bit more familiar. It's an honour to be a part of such a noble and artistic film."

Knocked Up star Heigl adds, "When this unique and thought-provoking project came my way I knew it was a story I desperately wanted to be a part of telling. Not only am I proud to be collaborating with a talented female director, a beautiful and talented young actress, and one of my all-time favourite male leads, but I get to be a part of telling a story that touches on themes I believe to be incredibly relevant and meaningful like mental illness, tragedy, grief, unconditional love and hope.

"I am honoured and privileged to be a part of this film."

The film, which starts shooting in Tampa and St. Petersburg in Florida later this week (ends26Apr19), centres around a teenage girl with schizophrenia struggles and terrifying hallucinations as she begins to suspect her neighbour has kidnapped a child.

Madison Iseman portrays the young girl.

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