Cannes: Netflix Nabs 'Wheelman' Starring Frank Grillo

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The deal for the action-thriller is Netflix's first of the festival.

Netflix has made its first deal of the festival, acquiring worldwide rights to action-thriller Wheelman starring Frank Grillo.

Grillo plays a getaway driver thrust into a high-stakes race to survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong. With a car full of money and his family on the line, he races to figure out who double-crossed him, and the only person he can trust is his 14-year-old daughter.

"We are looking forward to working with this stellar team to bring this action-packed film to our members around the world,” said Robert Roy, Netflix's vp global film.

Grillo is also producing along with Joe Carnahan and The Solution Entertainment Group’s Myles Nestel. Wheelman is written by Jeremy Rush, who will direct, and is scheduled to start principal photography in fall 2016. J Todd Harris, Chady Mattar and Scott Silver are executive producing.

"What Netflix and Ted Sarandos are allowing talent and independent filmmakers to do, is experience a freedom without the pressures of the conventional film model. I couldn't be more excited to be part of this,” said Grillo, who is known for starring in The Purge franchise and appears in Captain America: Civil War.

The deal was negotiated by CAA with Nestel and Lisa Wilson at The Solution Entertainment Group.