Cannes: Scott Eastwood Thriller 'Mercury Plains' Launching in Market (Exclusive)

Mercury Plains

U.K.-based Carnaby has acquired worldwide sales rights on the action-thriller.

With the first costumed-up shot of Scott Eastwood in the Suicide Squad ensemble revealed just days ago, buyers in Cannes will have the chance to take a longer look at Clint Eastwood's son in action.

Announced Tuesday, U.K. based sales and distribution banner Carnaby has acquired the worldwide sales rights for the Eastwood-starring action-thriller Mercury Plains, and will be launching the film at Marche du Film.

Directed and written by Charles Burmeister, the film follows a troubled young man (Eastwood) who runs to Mexico only to find himself recruited into what he believes is a group of paramilitaries fighting the drug cartels. Isolated at a desert camp and unsure of his motives, he proves himself by becoming the top soldier. But as the police close in, he realizes that he must escape back to the U.S.

Alongside Eastwood, Mercury Plains stars Nick Chinlund (Con Air, Training Day) and Angela Sarafyan (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down – Part 2). Currently in post-production with delivery expected for Q4, the film has been produced by Houston Hill (Virgin Alexander, The Devil’s Punchbowl) and Eric Watson (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain).

"Mercury Plains is the land just across the border with Mexico, where beautiful deserts and their shimmering mirages mix with the blood, money, and drugs of the cartels," said Burmeister. "Across this epic landscape, I wanted to use Scott Eastwood as 'Mitch' to explore the iconic image of the young American man – strong, soft-spoken, reluctant to violence, and yet eager to prove himself. And then I put him in the most difficult setting possible, where modern laws did not apply. I wanted a film filled with action, but told in a classical cinema style, where the characters are as indelible as the rugged horizon."

The deal with Carnaby was secured by the company’s joint CEOs, Andrew Loveday and Sean O’Kelly. Carnaby will be screening extended promo footage to buyers in Cannes. Burmeister said that it "seemed perfect to partner with a young, rising company like Carnaby to market a film with a young, rising star in Scott Eastwood."

"I’m enormously proud to be working alongside such a talented team on this picture," added O’Kelly. "The hard hitting and compelling storylines have a universal appeal which will resonate with audiences around the world. We’re excited to bring this into the market."

Also on Carnaby's slate is the Jonathan Rhys-Meyers spy thriller Damascus Cover, the Iggy Pop-starring Blood Orange and Simon West's upcoming action-comedy Salty.

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