Berlin: Michael Pitt, Imogen Poots to Star in 'The Sleeping Shepherd'

Michael Pitt Imogen Poots Split - H 2016
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Michael Pitt Imogen Poots Split - H 2016

Frank Hudec’s film also will star Isabelle Huppert and Willem Dafoe.

Michael Pitt, Imogen Poots, Isabelle Huppert and Willem Dafoe will star in The Sleeping Shepherd, which is based on the true-life story of the world’s most notorious art thief.

Frank Hudec wrote and will direct the project, which the Solution Entertainment Group will introduce to buyers later this month at EFM in Berlin. CAA is handling domestic rights.

Mike S. Ryan is producing.

The story centers on Alex (Pitt), a failed painter who decides to steal art to make a living and, as he's crisscrossing Europe, meets a bored rich girl, Karoline (Poots), who gets a sexual thrill from art theft. But after Alex is captured, his co-dependent mother (Huppert) destroys $2 billion worth of irreplaceable masterpieces by chopping them up and tossing them into the nearby Rhine Canal. After he and his mother are imprisoned, Alex’s jailhouse paintings ironically become collector’s items.

“The cast of The Sleeping Shepherd is an extremely talented group, perfect for bringing this story of the world’s most notorious art thief to audiences around the world,” said the Solution Entertainment Group’s co-founders Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel. “Mike S. Ryan has a proven track record for producing great independent films, and we are thrilled to include this film in our slate for this year’s Berlin market.”

Pitt, known for his work on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and such films as Funny Games and Gus Van Sant’s Last Days, can be seen in Lionsgate’s upcoming pic Criminal with Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds. He is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.

Poots stars with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman in Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups and also appears in Jeremy Sulnier’s Green Room and Matthew Ross’ Frank and Lola. She is repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group and Morris Yorn.

Huppert starred in Michael Haneke’s Oscar-winning foreign film Amour, and she won Cannes' best actress prize for her role in 2001's The Piano Teacher. She is repped by CAA, Voyez Mon Agent in France and Principal Entertainment.

Dafoe's upcoming films include  Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall, What Happened to Monday with Noomi Rapace, Paul Schrader's Dog Eat Dog opposite Nicolas Cage and The Headhunter's Calling with Alison Brie and Gerard Butler. He is repped by CAA and Circle of Confusion.