Trio of stars in for 'Shutter'
The three join Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams and Patricia Clarkson in the film, which was adapted by Laeta Kalogridis from Dennis Lehane's 2004 novel.
The story revolves around two U.S. marshals (DiCaprio and Ruffalo) who travel to a Massachusetts island to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. Chaos ensues for the two as they encounter a web of deceit, a hurricane and a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island.
Von Sydow will play one of the hospital's physicians, while Mortimer will play Rachel, an escaped hospital patient. Haley will play an inmate.
The film is being produced by Phoenix Pictures, Scorsese's Sikelia Prods. and DiCaprio's Appian Way with Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and Scorsese serving as producers. Kalogridis, Lehane and Louis Phillips are executive producing.
With production set to begin March 6, the project was just sold by Paramount Vantage to several major European territories including Germany (TeleMunchen) and Italy (Medusa). TeleMunchen picked up "Shutter's" distribution rights for $12 million while Medusa paid $10 million. (Full story)
Von Sydow, who recently appeared in the critically acclaimed "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" just wrapped production on Warner Bros.' "Heidi." He is repped by Diamond Management in the U.K.
Mortimer, who will appear in the upcoming "Redbelt" and "The Pink Panther 2," is repped by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Haley, who plays Walter Kovacs in the upcoming action thriller "Watchmen," is repped by Gersh, manager Leslie Allan-Rice and attorney Todd Rubenstein of Morris, Yorn, Barnes & Levine.