Antoinette Elias wins role of “RANIM HAMADEI” in ENHANCED INTERROGATION

Actress Antoinette Elias has won the pivotal role of “Ranim Hamadei” for the upcoming political thriller Enhanced Interrogation.

Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham talks about her casting, “Antoinette actually was referred to Producer/Writer Daryl Brooks from actress Dina Engel, who I believe was referred by a third actress.

Obviously I didn’t cast Antoinette without seeing her perform and when she did, she was terrific.  She was utterly convincing and her Arabic accent was fantastic.

But I’ve got to be honest, there were two outstanding actresses who were just as brilliant.  I decided to go with Antoinette because she seemed to be a less obvious choice.

By that I mean, the other actress looked more traditional in terms of the character description, while I just had a great feeling that Antoinette would ultimately be the right choice.

During the audition Antoinette admitted to me that she is really a sweet caring person, so playing a cold-calculating killer would be total unlike her, but something she was willing to explore.

I can’t wait to work with her and bring to life this riveting story.”

Antoinette Elias is an actor based out of New York City.  She is a Pennsylvania native and a graduate of Temple University. In 2012, Antoinette landed the principal role in the world-premiere musical, The Centurion. While she thoroughly enjoys acting on stage, Antoinette also has a special passion for film.  She has had both lead and supporting roles in several independent films, including Salam Shalom and Park 51, a powerful piece that screened at multiple festivals and won several awards. In addition to acting, Antoinette has also done beauty modeling for Givenchy, Makeup Forever, and IT Cosmetics. Antoinette trains at MTB Acting Studio in New York City, and she has performed in infomercials and commercials filming in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Antoinette has worked on many top television shows filming in New York, including Blue Bloods and Orange is the New Black. She has worked with Spike Lee and most recently, Eric Stoltz, on the set of Madam Secretary. Antoinette speaks fluent Arabic and conversational French.

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Julia Maggiola cast as FBI Agent 2 in Enhanced Interrogation

Actress Julia Maggiola has been selected to play “FBI Agent 2” in the upcoming political thriller Enhanced Interrogation.

Director Terry R. Wickham explains, “Producer/Writer Stephen Martino and Producer/Writer Daryl Brooks were open to choosing a male or female for this role.  So I scheduled auditions with both.

As I was listening to actors and actresses speak in the auditions, it became apparent to me that some of the lines worked infinitely better coming from a lady.  One set of lines in particular were actually humorous coming from a woman versus a man and the movie needed a tiny hint of humor to help achieve a broader emotional spectrum.

What I really liked about Julia was how clear her voice is and her subtle dynamic range.  Plus she had the least trouble pronouncing the long alphabetical terrorist names.  She came across as super intelligent, which  given the amount of information the character conveys was key.

Plus there is not one other blonde actor in the entire movie.  Julia’s look will bring nice contrast against what I like to call human landscape.  What I mean by that is, as a film director I analyze all sizes, shapes, hair color and skin color of who I cast.  I  always make an effort to make my films as visually diverse and interesting as possible to reflect our real world.”

Originally from Connecticut, Julia Maggiola has lived, studied, and performed in New York City, Florence, Italy, and Los Angeles. She graduated from New York University with Magna Cum Laude honors, and since has been an active performer. Julia is excited to be a part of Enhanced Interrogation!
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Actor-Comedian Phil Korz has been chosen to play “Interrogator 1” for the upcoming political thriller Enhanced Interrogation.

Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham explains, “There’s something about Phil that reminds me of actor Ryan Reynolds.  He’s got potential star quality and I really wanted him to be in the film.

Phil actually auditioned for another character, but between his audition and the fact that he is a professional personal trainer, it was a no brainer to cast him as the main Interrogator in the film.

I needed an actor who could appear physically threatening and if you add in Phil’s dynamic personality, I could easily visualize him in this important role.

He’s also got a great positive attitude that will carry over and infect everyone working on our film.  I can’t wait to work with him.”


The first time Phil Korz took the stage at only 18 years old in 2009, he went home Salisbury University’s “Last Comic Standing” winner.  He Performed with names such as Chad Daniels, KT Tatara, Marienne Sierks, and Adam Ace early on in his career. Phil completed his first cross country comedy tour documentary “It’s Just Me” in 2016 filmed by Exploding Head Theory. Since, Phil has shared the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, George Wallace, Drew Lynch from Americas Got Talent, Nikki Carr from Last Comic Standing, and Bryan Riley from Conan. He was also featured on a live talk show “Late Night with Pascal” on ABC in ST. Louis. Now Phil Korz is an International Touring Comedian and Actor. Phil has headlined famous comedy clubs across the United States and has performed live at Ibreostar Resort in Montego Bay Jamaica as well as a Royal Caribbean Cruise line. He has also been featured on shows such as Quantico, Disappeared, and Mysteries at the Museum. Open and honest, with a side of Self Deprecation, his style of storytelling makes his misadventures relatable and endearing. Audiences that have seen Phil in action want you to know this is a show you shouldn’t miss. Phil considers his style of Stand Up Comedy “Story Telling with a Comedic Twist.”

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