Kelly McGillis to battle vampires in Stake Land

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Kelly McGillis (Top Gun, Witness, The Accused) has joined the cast of the epic vampire road film Stake Land, currently filming in New York and Pennsylvania, according to Coming Soon. The picture was written by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici and directed by Jim Mickle (Mulberry Street).

Stake Land takes place following a global spread of vampirism. McGillis plays a nun who joins a small team of survivors (including Damici, Danielle Harris of Halloween and Halloween II and Conor Paolo of Gossip Girl) as they make a treacherous journey north to safety through the war-torn U.S. McGillis' character, "Sister," faces a crisis of faith during the vampire bloodshed, ultimately taking up arms to do battle with her newly formed family unit.

"Jim and Nick have written a uniquely intense part for 'Sister,' and we are thrilled to see Kelly McGillis in the role," said Greg Newman, EVP of Dark Sky Films. "This is a very ambitious project, with a genuinely epic sweep, and we cannot wait to bring it to audiences next year."