Director Roger Donaldson Touting Clive Owen Indie 'Cities' (Cannes)

Co-written from an original script by Glenn Wilhide, the movie is set to shoot this fall on-location in London, Mumbai and New York.

CANNES -- Director Roger Donaldson is in Cannes to put a face to the project he is directing, the Clive Owen starrer Cities.

"It's an independent movie and the project is here in Cannes as a script so it is important for the industry to put a face to the project, someone who can explain why it's a passion project," Donaldson said.

He should know. Nearly 30 years ago, Donaldson traveled to Cannes to support the Marche du Film title, Smash Palace, his second film.

It got noticed by a couple of U.S. critics and that was that.

Donaldson went on to direct The Bounty, "the best cast I have ever worked with" and his resume includes Cocktail, Cadillac Man, The Getaway, The Recruit, The World's Fastest Indian and The Bank Job.

"I'm looking forward to working with Clive Owen [in Cities]. I've admired his work, all the way back to Croupier," Donaldson said on casting the Brit for the lead in a film he has been working on for six years.

Co-written by Donaldson from an original script called Extreme Citites written by Glenn Wilhide, the movie is set to shoot in the fall this year on location in London, Mumbai and New York and also stars Anil Kapoor.

The financial thriller is being produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Chris Curling while Julie Christie will exec produce alongside Eyeworks New Zealand who will partner on the production.

The movie is billed as a cautionary tale about greed and ambition that takes place in the exuberant months leading up to the Dow Jones all-time stock market high. It weaves together a trio of stories unfolding in each of the world cities with Owen playing an NYC hedge fund manager has everything he wants – money, sex and power, but wants more.

Lisa Wilson’s Parlay Films is handling international sales. UTA’s Independent Film Group helped to package the film and structure the financing, and will rep domestic rights with CAA.