Cannes: Jon Hamm to Star in Tony Gilroy's Political Thriller 'High Wire Act'

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Brad Anderson is directing the film for Radar Pictures.

Jon Hamm has signed on to star in the Tony Gilroy-penned political action-thriller High Wire Act. Brad Anderson is directing the film for Radar Pictures.

Set in 1980s Beirut, Hamm plays a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family's death.

Ted Field, Gilroy and Mike Weber are producing, while Good Universe is handling international sales at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

“I'm thrilled the way the project's come together," Gilroy said. "Jon Hamm was made to play the part. I’ve been trying to work with Brad Anderson from the moment I saw Transsiberian, and every conversation we have confirms my confidence. I can't wait to see a script that means so much to me get up and running.”

Added Anderson: “Tony may have been channeling John le Carré when he wrote this, and as such it has many of the themes I love that make those stories so great — the political intrigue, the betrayals, the morally compromised characters, the reluctant heroes. And it's set in a world — war-torn Beirut — that's seldom depicted on screen."

Anderson's previous films include The Machinist with Christian Bale, Session 9 and the Halle Berry starrer The Call. He also is busy as a TV helmer, having directed the pilots for CBS' upcoming series Zoo.

Gilroy and Hamm are repped by CAA. Anderson is handled by WME and LBI Entertainment.