Gary Oldman, whose performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour is already generating Oscar heat, will star in Mary, a supernatural thriller from Tucker Tooley Entertainment and Entertainment One.
Michael Goi, perhaps best known for his work as cinematographer and director for American Horror Story and Salem, will direct the feature.
Mary centers on a struggling family that buys an old ship at auction with the high hopes of starting a charter business, only to discover its horrifying secrets on the isolated open waters. Anthony Jaswinski, who penned the hit-woman-vs.-shark thriller The Shallows, wrote the script.
Tucker Tooley Entertainment and eOne will co-finance and produce Mary, which is scheduled to begin production later this month in Alabama.
Tucker Tooley, Scott Lambert and Alexandra Milchan as well as Scott Lumpkin are producing. Greg Renker and Jason Barhydt will executive produce. Douglas Urbanski, Oldman’s longtime producing partner, will also exec produce.
Mary will be Tooley’s second film after Now I See You to be made under his first-look co-financing and international distribution deal with eOne. As part of that pact, eOne controls distribution rights to Tooley Entertainment’s projects in the U.K., Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain.
Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales on the title outside of eOne's directly distributed territories, and SquareOne will handle foreign sales in Germany.
Tooley’s next movie is Den of Thieves, the thriller starring Gerard Butler and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson that is set to be released Jan. 19.
Oldman’s Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright, was unveiled Friday at the Telluride Film Festival and is also set to screen Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie has received instant acclaim and has thrust the actor into the Oscar race. It is set to open wide Nov. 22.
Oldman scored his first Academy Award nomination for the 2011 adaptation of John Le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Some of his recent credits include Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, the Harry Potter series and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He is repped by Jim Osborne at APA and attorney Nigel Pearson of Loeb & Loeb.
Jaswinski is repped by Paradigm and Circle of Confusion.