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BAFTA Rising star nominee Alicia Vikander, up-and-coming Australian actor Brenton Thwaites and AFI-nominated Jacek Koman have joined Ewan McGregor in Julius Avery’s crime thriller Son of a Gun.
Billed as a visceral heist thriller from Avery’s own script, the film centers on a complex relationship between Australia’s public enemy number one (McGregor) and his young protégé (Thwaites).
Timothy White (Two Hands) produces through Southern Light Films with Janelle Landers of WBMC (Wasted on the Young) co-producing.
Aaron L. Gilbert of Media House Capital serves as executive producer, along with John Collee, Bryce Menzies, Michael Spiccia and Aidan O’Bryan.
U.K.-based banner Altitude Film Sales has international sales duties for the film.
Hopscotch Entertainment One has inked a deal for Australian and New Zealand rights, with UTA Independent Film Group repping the producers in the sale of North American rights.
Media House Capital is providing finance with production investment from Screen Australia, Screen NSW and ScreenWest.
The project is due to begin shooting later this month in Perth and Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and Melbourne.
Swedish actress Vikander joins fresh from playing opposite Keira Knightley and Jude Law in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina. Thwaites recently completed production on Disney’s Maleficet with Angelina Jolie and Koman arrives with a long list of film credits and has just completed a role in Jane Campion’s upcoming series Top of the Lake.
“Combining the exceptional caliber of Australian actors with award winning international talent is going to be a privilege.” said Avery.
Screen Australia chief executive Ruth Harley described Son of a Gun as “an inherently Australian story, which is set to deliver stylish big-screen entertainment for both the local and international market.”
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