Ben Kingsley, Josh Hutcherson to Star in 'Backstabbing For Beginners'

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Fortitude will introduce the project to foreign buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.

Ben Kingsley and Josh Hutcherson are set to star in political thriller Backstabbing For Beginners.

Hutcherson will play Michael, a young idealist with a dream job for the U.N.’s Oil for Food program who gets caught up in post-war Iraq's chaotic oil market. Seeking guidance from Pasha (Kingsley), his boss and a seasoned diplomat, Michael comes to suspect a conspiracy at the highest level that he needs to expose, risking his own life and his mentor's career.

Per Fly, director of Waltz for Monica, will helm the film. The Canada-Denmark co-production has producer credits shared by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor, Malene Blenkov and Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen for Creative Alliance and Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films.

Creative Alliance is a film development and production company co-owned by Fly and three other Scandinavian directors: Lone Scherfig, Ole Christian Madsen and Dagur Kari. Patrick Ryborn from Eyeworks Scandi Fiction AB is co-producing the film.

Co-written by Daniel Pyne and Fly, Backstabbing For Beginners will start shooting in Jan. 2016. Fortitude International is handling foreign rights and will launch worldwide sales at the American Film Market.

UTA Independent Film Group helped the producers arrange film financing, and will represent U.S. rights for the thriller. Entertainment One earlier picked up the Canadian distribution rights from UTA Independent Film Group.

Kingsley and Hutcherson are sharing executive producer credits with Gregory Shockro from Houndstooth, Fortitude’s Robert Ogden Barnum, Poa Strömberg from Eyeworks, Jacob Jorgensen from JJ Fim, and Lars Tregart and Jeff Kalligheri from Waterstone.

Kingsley is currently starring in Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, and has upcoming movies like Anton Corbijn’s Life, a Canada-Germany co-production with Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, to be released in December. Hutcherson is best known for playing Peeta Mellark in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games franchise, and will next star in two films directed by and co-starring James Franco, In Dubious Battle and The Long Home.

Kingsley is repped by CAA, Hutcherson by CAA and The Beddingfield Company and Fly by UTA and Independent Talent Group.

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