Peter Fonda, Connie Nielsen Cast in Political Drama 'The Runner'

3:05 PM PST 06/18/2014 by Austin Siegemund-Broka
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From left: Bryan Batt, Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, and Wendell Pierce

The film, which stars Nicolas Cage and Sarah Paulson, has also added alums of "Mad Men" and "The Wire."

The Nicolas Cage political drama The Runner has added four to its cast: Peter Fonda, Connie Nielsen, Mad Men’s Bryan Batt and The Wire’s Wendell Pierce.

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The film centers on idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman Colin Price (Cage), who in the wake of the 2010 BP oil spill is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.

Fonda will play his father, the former mayor of New Orleans, while Nielsen will play his wife, a high-powered attorney with her own political ambitions. Batt will portray a Wall Street financier who caters to big oil companies, and Pierce will play Price’s Chief of Staff. Sarah Paulson will also star as a PR executive hired to rehabilitate the Price’s image.

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Produced by Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures, The Runner is the writing and directorial debut of Austin Stark, a producer and executive producer of indie films whose credits include Happythankyoumoreplease and this year’s Sundance hit Infinitely Polar Bear.

“I couldn't be more excited to collaborate with Connie, Peter, Bryan, and Wendell. It’s going to be thrilling to watch the authenticity and complexity these incredible actors will bring to the world of this timely political drama,” Stark said in a statement.

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Nielsen is repped by UTA and The Lasher Group, Fonda by APA and Somers Mauldin The Rose Group, Batt by Don Buchwald and Associates, and Pierce by Paradigm and Essential Talent Management. 

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