"The Roommate," starring Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly and Cam Gigandet, is a chilling psychological thriller that explores the fragile line between friendship and obsession. Academy Award-nominated director Christian E. Christiansen crafts a finely tuned tale of madness and role reversal packed with ingenious twists and heart-stopping surprises as a naive college freshman begins to suspect that her roommate is not what she appears to be.

Sara (Minka Kelly), a talented young design student from Iowa, arrives in Los Angeles eager to start college and get to know the big city. Pretty, vivacious and naturally curious, Sara charms her new dorm mates, especially her assigned roommate Rebecca (Leighton Meester). A wealthy girl from Pasadena, Rebecca immediately takes Sara under her wing, showing her the cultural highlights of the city and sharing an overstuffed closet of designer clothes with her.

But when Sara makes more friends on campus, including fun-loving party girl Tracy (Aly Michalka), Rebecca isolates herself and grows oddly resentful of her roommate's social life. As Sara's romance with new boyfriend Stephen (Cam Gigandet) unfolds and her mentor, successful designer Irene (Danneel Harris), comes to town, she has less and less time to spend with Rebecca, who becomes even more determined to have Sara all to herself.

Rebecca's erratic behavior becomes even more alarming as Sara begins to suspect that Rebecca is sabotaging her other relationships. When Sara reluctantly agrees to have Thanksgiving dinner at Rebecca's parents' palatial home, she discovers a secret that convinces her to abandon her dorm room and move in with Stephen.

But as Sara tries to distance herself from her increasingly obsessed former roommate, Rebecca spins violently out of control, making an explosive final confrontation between the two inevitable.

Screen Gems' "The Roommate" cast includes Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl"), Minka Kelly ("Friday Night Lights"), Cam Gigandet ("Burlesque"), Aly Michalka ("Easy A"), Danneel Harris ("One Tree Hill"), Frances Fisher ("Titanic") and Billy Zane ("Titanic"). "The Roommate" is directed by Academy Award nominee Christian E. Christiansen ("Råzone") from a screenplay by Sonny Mallhi ("Possession"). The film is produced by Doug Davison ("How to Train Your Dragon") and Roy Lee ("The Departed"). The executive producers are Beau Marks ("Son of the Mask") and Sonny Mallhi. Director of photography is Phil Parmet ("Halloween"). Production designer is Jon Gary Steele ("Burlesque"). Editor is Randy Bricker, A.C.E. ("Takers"). Original music is by John Frizzell ("Legion") with music supervision by Michael Friedman. Costume designer is Maya Lieberman ("Takers").


Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 4, 2011
Tagline: 2,000 colleges. 8 million roommates. Which one will you get?
Distributor: Screen Gems
Production Company: Vertigo Entertainment

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