Gwinnett resident plays role in 'Crazies' remake

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Justin Miles doesn't know how the film "The Crazies" will end.

The 23-year-old actor, who plays the role of high school baseball player Scotty McGregor, hasn't read the final pages of the script.

"I've got the script sitting on my computer right now and literally could get up right now, walk over there and find out how it ends," the Gwinnett resident said recently, "but I don't want to do it."

Miles will find out how the story plays out during a showing tonight he plans to attend with friends and family.

A remake of the 1973 horror film of the same name, "The Crazies" follows the residents of a small Iowa town who find themselves plagued by insanity and death after an unknown toxin contaminates their water supply. Those who are exposed to the toxins suffer horrific effects. With the U.S. military killing everyone on sight, those who haven't been affected find themselves trying to survive not only their neighbors' rampages but a zealous military effort in containment as well.

"The Crazies" is Miles' feature film debut. He was cast as Scotty, the love interest of one of the main characters, played by fellow Georgia native Danielle Panabaker, after the film's casting director saw him on stage in an Ansley Park Playhouse performance in Atlanta this past October.

"I heard while I was on set that (director Breck Eisner) and (Producer) Rob (Cowan) looked for people in L.A. while they were out there casting for the bigger parts, because he was originally supposed to be an even bigger role, and they couldn't find anybody," Miles said. "So they came down to Georgia and they found me. It was really cool."

"The Crazies" was shot in middle Georgia and in a small town in Iowa, where Miles spent a week filming.

"It looks raw," Miles said of the film. "It's just going to be gritty and kind of raw, sort of fast (paced)."

But he remained mum on whether his character is affected by the mysterious toxins and whether he survives the insanity that has taken over the small town of Odgen Marsh. Gwinnett residents can find out how Scotty McGregor fares when "The Crazies" opens in theaters Friday.