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Suicide Squad star Jai Courtney has signed on to Beef, starring Timothy Olyphant and Thomas Mann.
Beef follows a general manager (Mann) at a Midwestern branch of fast food restaurant Beefy’s who makes a $10,000 bet that was supposed to be a sure thing. When he loses, it puts him in the crosshairs of a comically brutal crime syndicate, led by Brian Gill (Olyphant) and his second in command, Dipper (Courtney), leaving him just 24 hours to outwit a rogue’s gallery of thugs. He decides his only way out is to rob the place he knows best: Beefy’s. But of course his plans go completely awry.
The Exchange will be selling the project to international buyers at EFM, and WME Global is handling domestic rights.
John Stalberg Jr. (High School) will direct Beef from the Black List script by Jeff Lock. Tom McNulty from MC2 Entertainment is producing.
“Jai is both a leading man as well as a strong character actor,” said Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange. “He is perfect to play the heavy in Beef. Jai will help give his character the edge and humor that help make this movie a breakout success in the global market place.”
At EFM, The Exchange also is selling Lin Oeding’s Office Uprising, documentary Gleason, A Street Cat Named Bob, Kickboxer: Vengeance and will introduce Ghost House.
Courtney was most recently seen in Warner Bros.’ ensemble film Suicide Squad and Terminator: Genisys. The Australian actor is repped by UTA, Morrissey Management in Australia and Silver Lining Entertainment.
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