Adrien Brody Joins Saoirse Ronan in Searchlight’s Untitled Murder Mystery Movie (Exclusive)

Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody has joined the high-profile cast, led by Saoirse Ronan, of Searchlight’s untitled murder mystery feature.

Tom George is helming the project that also has Sam Rockwell and David Oyelowo on the playbill.

Written by Mark Chappell, the script is set in in 1950s London where a desperate Hollywood film producer sets out to turn a popular West End play into a film. When members of the production are murdered, world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Rockwell) and overzealous rookie Constable Stalker (Ronan) find themselves in the midst of a puzzling whodunit within London’s glamorous Theatreland and sordid underground.

Brody will play Leo Köpernick, a blacklisted Hollywood film director.

Prolific Damian Jones, whose recent credits include Goodbye Christopher Robin and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,  is producing.

Head of development and production for Searchlight Pictures UK, Katie Goodson-Thomas, director of production Richard Ruiz, and senior development executive Pete Spencer are overseeing for the Disney-owned prestige movie arm.

Brody won a best actor Oscar for his starring turn in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist. He is part of Wed Anderson’s repertoire, having appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Fantastic Mr. Fox, among others, and will be seen in the filmmaker’s The French Dispatch, which Searchlight is releasing next year. He is also starring with Ana de Armas in Netflix’s Marilyn Monroe drama Blonde and co-wrote, produced and starred in indie crime movie Clean.

Brody, repped by CAA, is currently shooting Chapelwaite, Epix’s series adapting a Stephen King novel.