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Donald Sutherland is joining Giuseppe Capotondi’s The Burnt Orange Heresy, in which he will star as an enigmatic painter who becomes the target of an art-world heist. Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki and Mick Jagger also star.
The movie is based on the book of the same name by Charles Willeford, with a script penned by Scott B. Smith.
In the film, new lovers James Figueras (Bang), an ambitious art critic, and Berenice Hollis (Debecki) travel to Lake Como to meet the wealthy art dealer and collector Joseph Cassidy (Jagger), who is obsessed with reclusive painter Jerome Debney (Sutherland). Cassidy offers Figueras a rare opportunity to meet Debney in exchange for stealing a new masterpiece from the artist’s studio. As the couple spend more and more time with Debney, they realize nothing is as it seems and the operation soon spins out of control. But Figueras will do almost anything, even commit murder, to further his career.
The Burnt Orange Heresy is being produced by David Zander of MJZ, William Horberg of Wonderful Films and David Lancaster of Rumble Films. Carte Blance Cinema is executive producing and Ingenious Media is providing production financing. Production on the film started this week at Lake Como.
HanWay Films is handling international sales, while CAA and UTA Independent Film Group are selling the film stateside.
The Burnt Orange Heresy is Capotondi’s second feature after 2009’s The Double Hour. He recently directed episodes of the Italian mafia show Suburra for Netflix.
Sutherland is a two-time Golden Globe winner and a 2017 recipient of an honorary Academy Award. He recently shot The Leisure Seeker with another Italian director, Paolo Virzi. The actor next stars in James Gray’s space thriller Ad Astra opposite Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones.
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