Actress Praya Lundberg has just announced that she will star in Ghosts of the Railroad, an upcoming historical thriller film that details the events of the Rock Springs Massacre of 1885. The news of Lundberg’s casting comes just after the wrap of Paradise City, where she stars as Savannah alongside Bruce Willis and John Travolta.
The film Ghosts of the Railroad will feature Praya Lundberg as Jade, a woman who suffers from a disturbing sleep disorder and, in the present day, takes a vacation at her family’s mountain estate, per the advice of her psychoanalyst. At the estate, Jade tries valiantly to overcome her disorder but finds that her sleep paralysis episodes become more and more disturbing as she envisions a demonic presence hovering over her. As if that wasn’t enough, Jade begins to receive strange and horrifying visions that transport her to the 1800s, when her family’s estate was the scene of horrifying crimes against Asian railroad workers, who had to contend with unfair working hours and abject racism.
When Jade seeks refuge from the elderly couple that manages the estate and finally learns about the dark past of her ancestors, she is set on an exhaustive quest for answers as she digs into her own history.
Who is Praya Lundberg?
Swedish-Thai by birth, Praya Lundberg boasts a varied collection of roles in foreign films, including Maa kap Phra (2006), Bangkok Adrenaline (2009), and the TV series Strange Girl in a Strange Land (2019). Her English-speaking films include the crime thriller Realms (2017) and the upcoming films Supercell and Paradise City.
Along with being an actress, Praya Lundberg was named the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s first Goodwill Ambassador in Thailand in 2013, thanks to her work with Middle Eastern and Asian refugees.
Regarding Lundberg’s casting, Ghosts of the Railroad director V. Vansay Zanubon told Deadline:
“Praya is perfect for this role. She is not just an amazing talent but an amazing human being. It’s quite a remarkable journey for both of us to have traveled halfway around the world at different times of our life’s journey to end up in Hollywood and have an opportunity to make an American movie that deals with the historical impact of the Asian-American contribution to American history.”
Ghosts of the Railroad will be executive produced by Jeffrey J. Waine, Clay S. Walker, and Stephen Replin with co-producer Chadwick Struck and Golden Spike Films. The film is co-written by Zanubon, Carmen C. Mosley, and Carmen Lavelle. Production is slated to begin later this year.