Vancouver, B.C., Feb. 27th, 2017  —  Esteemed Canadian actor Bill Marchant is the latest to be cast in the Smith Brothers’ sci-fi thriller, VOLITION. Marchant’s past acting credits include film roles in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla and Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, and regular television roles in CW’s The 100, Stargate SG-1, and CBC’s Strange Empire.  Marchant is also a writer/ director in his own right, as the playwright of Husk and Blaze Orange, and the writer/director of the independent film, Everyone. In Volition, Marchant will portray the film’s mentor character, Elliot Williams, a troubled psychologist with a dark secret.

Volition is directed by award-winning director, Tony Dean Smith, based on a screenplay written by Tony Dean Smith & Ryan W. Smith. It is a gritty sci-fi thriller, about a man, afflicted with clairvoyance, who tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own murder. The Smith Brothers have partnered with Paly Productions, Inc. to produce the film, with Principal Photography set for Spring 2017.

“Bill is an actor of incredible depth, sincerity and grit. We know that he will bring the challenging role of Elliot into full relief,” says Tony Dean Smith, the film’s director, co-writer and co-producer.  “We are thrilled to have Bill on board!  With his unique talents, he will be a powerful mentor to our lead character,” says Ryan W. Smith, the film’s co-writer and co-producer.

In connection with Volition, the Smith Brothers are releasing a series of semi-monthly webisodes, offering fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of the film.  The webisodes are now online, with additions added every third Monday. Fans are encouraged to visit the Smith Brothers Film Company Facebook page,, Twitter or Instagram, for behind-the-scenes content, and news.


Smith Brothers Film Company is the creative partnership of Tony Dean Smith & Ryan W. Smith.  Tony is a filmmaker who has worked for Universal, CTV, Neill Blomkamp, and Syfy, among others.  Ryan is a screenwriter, who has worked for Disney, Netflix, YTV and Syfy, among others.  For more information, visit


Paly Productions, Inc. is a U.S.-based investment fund, focused on high-quality artistic projects for the world market.