Cannes: Jim Sturgess and Koji Yakusho to Star in Legal Drama 'Defending the Enemy'

Jim Sturgess and Koji Yakusho
Jim Sturgess and Koji Yakusho
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Jim Sturgess will star opposite Koji Yakusho in Defending the Enemy as a neophyte attorney assigned to defend General Masaharu Homma, charged with organizing the Bataan Death March, in a war crimes trial.

James Moll is attached to direct the project, based on the book A Trial of Generals, scheduled to begin principal photography in August.

Jonathan Sanger is producing, and exec producing is Ellen Wander, whose Film Bridge International is overseeing financing and worldwide distribution.

Sturgess, repped by CAA and Garricks, appeared in Cloud Atlas and will next be seen in the upcoming Electric Slide and London Fields.

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