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Gone Girl‘s Emily Ratajkowski will star opposite 21 Jump Street‘s Spencer Boldman in Robert Siegel‘s Cruise.
Siegel (Big Fan, The Wrestler) will direct from his original script. Alex Garcia and Laura Walker of AG Capital will produce the film alongside Holly Brown and Scott LaStaiti.
Set during the summer of 1987, Cruise revolves around working-class Italian-American Gio Marchetti (Boldman), who has little on his mind but racing cars and chasing girls. That is, until he meets Jessica Weintraub (Ratajkowski), a nice Jewish girl from Long Island who goes to Gio’s neighborhood for some illicit thrills on the wrong side of the tracks. An affectionate look at the youth culture of a bygone era, Cruise celebrates the joys of muscle cars, Motorola pagers and endless summer nights.
UTA arranged financing for the film and is repping domestic rights, with principal photography set to begin in the fall in New York.
Slated will be handling syndicate financing for a portion of AG Studios’ slate, with Cruise marking the first project under this initiative.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Alex, Laura and the rest of the team at AG Capital on Cruise,” Siegel said. “They’ve been unbelievably supportive of my vision and are letting me make exactly the movie I want to make. In a world where everyone claims to be artist friendly, they really truly are.”
Added AG Capital’s Alex Garcia: “Spencer and Emily are emerging talents and we are excited to see them bring Robert Siegel’s vision to life. Cruise is a great addition to AG Capital’s lineup.”
AG Capital, a division of Garcia’s AG Studios, launched earlier this year in Cannes and is run by Garcia and former CAA film finance agent Laura Walker. Backed by equity, AG Capital is a commercial and prestige label that creates English language content for film and television. As for Slated, Garcia is a key investor and Walker is an advisor. Slated is the online hub designed to provide a private investment network for established indie filmmakers looking for backers and investors searching for seasoned filmmakers with quality projects.
Actress-model Ratajkowski made her film debut in Gone Girl. She has since co-starred in two Warner Bros. films this summer: opposite Zac Efron in We Are Your Friends and Entourage. She is currently a face of Marc Jacobs’ 2015 campaign.
Boldman is represented by UTA, Coast to Coast Talent Group and Millennium Artists. Ratajkowski is handled by UTA and Untitled Entertainment. Siegel is represented by UTA and lawyer Andrew Hurwitz. Jose L. Martinez negotiated the deal for AG Capital.
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