Los Angeles, June 30, 2011

Paul Giamatti, one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, has joined the cast of the feature, “The Unexpected.”

Based on a short story by Jack London, “The Unexpected” is a dramatic thriller set during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. It tells the tale of a mail order bride who finds herself trapped with her new husband and his three partners during a long and very bloody winter after they’ve struck gold — but only enough to make one of them rich.

The film is being directed by Tom Putnam whose previous feature (as director and producer) “Red White Black & Blue” was lauded by Variety for its “unerring visual acumen” and ability to reveal the psychological scars of warfare.

Putnam will also produce “The Unexpected” alongside Kevin Ragsdale (“Vamps,” “Big River Man”) and Jeff Malmberg who was recently awarded the HBO Emerging Artist Award for his directorial debut, the feature-length documentary “Marwencol.”

Other crew includes casting director, Paul Weber (“Spartacus”). Additional cast will be announced shortly.