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Oscar Isaac, who is executive producing, will also appear in a supporting role in the pic, as will Shiloh Fernandez and Frederick Schmidt.
Written by Petsos, the story centers on fledgling writer Samuel Liston (Cohen) and his experiences with Floyd Deveraux (Garcia), the enigmatic, middle-aged father of two who enlists Samuel to pen his biography. But the circumstances that lead up to this arrangement in the first place are quite astonishing — and efforts to write the biography are quickly stymied by ensuing chaos in what becomes a dark comedy.
Big Gold Brick will be produced by Petsos and Greg Lauritano under Petsos’ A Saboteur banner, along with JoBro Prods.’ Jonathan Bronfman. Sergio Rizzuto and Danny Sawaf will also produce. Executive producers include Kristen Wiig, Jason Braun, Lee Broda, Karim Fayed, James Andrew Felts, Cary Flaum, Lon Molnar, Sameer Patel, Jeff Rice, Tom Sulkowski, Steve Swadling, William G. Santor, Andrew Chang-Sang and John Hills. Peter Fruchtman, Zach Lasry, Jillian Leslie, Judy Archer May, Sam Roseme and Nick Vertucci are co-executive producing.
Big Gold Brick marks the feature debut of Petsos, whose two short films starring Isaac, Lightningface and Ticky Tacky, were viral hits and won awards at festivals around the world from Kitzbuehel to Palm Springs.
Worldwide sales on the picture will be launched in Cannes by Motion Picture Exchange (MPX), James Andrew Felts’ new film sales and distribution company.
Garcia is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment; Cohen is with CAA and Harvest Talent Management; Fox is repped by ICM Partners; and Hale is with ICM Partners and Reel Talent Management.
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