Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber and Ted Levine Join 'Big Game'
LONDON – Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), Victor Garber (Argo) and Ted Levine (American Gangster) are late additions to the cast for Jalmari Helander’s Big Game starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Written and directed by Helander, Big Game sees Jackson star as the U.S. president alongside Onni Tommila (Rare Exports) as his unexpected 13-year-old sidekick.
The movie is billed as an adrenaline-fuelled action-adventure and tells the story of the boy who, like his forefathers, takes a test of manhood by spending one day and night alone in the wilderness of a vast local forest.
The film is currently nearing the end of an eight-week shoot on location in Bavaria and at Bavaria Film Studios. Backers have released the first image from the shoot depicting Jackson and Tommila on the edge of a mountain.
Huffman joins the cast as the CIA director, Garber is the film's U.S. vice president and Levine stars as General Underwood.
The film also stars Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Ray Stevenson (GI Joe: Retaliation) and, from Germany, Mehmet Kurtulus (Short Sharp Shock).
Based on a story by Helander and Petri Jokiranta, Big Game is touted as combining the universal rite-of-passage of iconic 80's films, such as E.T. and The Karate Kid, with the visceral thrill of high-concept action classics such as Die Hard and Taken.
A Finnish-German-UK co-production, Jokiranta produces under the Subzero banner, alongside Will Clarke and Andy Mayson for Altitude Film Entertainment, with Jens Meurer of Egoli Tossell Film as the German producer.
British scribe Alex Garland (28 Days Later) is executive producer.
Financiers include: Finnish Film Foundation; YLE; Nordisk Film & TV Fond; Visionplus Fund; Bavarian Film Partners; Bavarian Film and Television Fund (FFFBayern); German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), along with Comerica Bank Entertainment Group and KfW Bankengruppe.
Development and bridge-financing has been provided by Headgear, Film House Germany and Merg Films.
Big Game marks the first international project to have received backing from FFF Bayern’s special program for international co-productions.
Altitude Film Sales is handling worldwide sales, with Altitude and WME jointly representing the North American rights.
Entertainment One has taken all rights to the film for the U.K., Ascot Elite for all German-speaking territories and Nordisk for Scandinavia.