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» Cinderella story: 27-year-old Berwyn native Brad Ingelsby has become one of the hottest online “tags” after his screenplay for the drama/suspense flick The Low Dweller landed in the hands of silver-screen hottie Leonardo DiCaprio. A Villanova University business school graduate, Ingelsby also attended the American Film Institute in California. The screenplay, written as Ingelsby’s thesis, was first shown to Mike Pruss back in 2005, then a young guy just getting into the biz. At the time, Pruss wasn’t in a position to make anything happen, but he told Ingelsby he was impressed with his writing and to stay in touch. Pruss went on to become an exec at Focus Films, and in January, he gave Ingelsby a ring and asked him to send a few scripts his way. Following a Hollywood tradition, William Morris executed a same-day mass distribution of The Low Dweller in early February. Then, as he watched the New York Giants’ Eli Manning do his Super Bowl thing, Ingelsby received word that Leo was “attached” to the script. Even better, so was A-list director Ridley Scott. The deal between Relativity Media earned Ingelsby an initial $650,000, with another $550,000 to follow once the film goes into production. Ingelsby’s one lament is not being able to celebrate with his two favorite AFI teachers, both who’ve died since he graduated in 2005.

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