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Owen is also shifting roles in the Jump Street Films title, opting instead to play the supporting part of Mr. Dent, who shares a volatile secret with his wife, played by Toni Collette. The change is due to scheduling.
Pearce will now star as Alexander Fox, a bookseller who leaves the U.S. after a personal tragedy to begin a new life abroad. The tiny country he chooses — Andorra — is an idyllic escape, offering Alexander the chance to reinvent himself. As he meets new people in paradise, the mystery of his origin deepens as he’s suspected to be tied to a mysterious murder. Alexander finds himself in a crisis of conscience and identity, in a foreign country from which he may never be able to escape.
Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumley and Riccardo Scamarcio round out the cast of the film, based on the Peter Cameron novel. The screenplay has been adapted by Cameron and Jamie Bialkower, who is producing for Jump Street Films alongside Schepisi, Lizzette Atkins and executive producers James Ivory, Natalie Miller and Hengameh Panahi.
Celluloid Dreams is handling international sales. Production in Italy is scheduled to begin in April. It is confirmed to receive production investment from Screen Australia.
Pearce will next be seen in the ABC miniseries When We Rise, as well as Ridley Scott’s follow-up Alien: Covenant and Stephan Elliott’s drama Flammable Children. The actor is repped by CAA, Shanahan Management and Independent Talent Group.
Redgrave’s upcoming films include Paul McGuigan’s romantic drama Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. She is repped by CAA and Gavin Barker Associates.
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