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TORONTO – Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Ray Stevenson (Thor) and Mehmet Kurtulus (Short Sharp Shock) have signed on to star alongside Samuel L. Jackson in Big Game as it readies its shoot for Sept. 12.
Written and directed by Jalmari Helander, Big Game stars Jackson as the U.S. president, alongside Onni Tommila (Rare Exports) as his unexpected 13-year-old sidekick.
The movie is billed as an adrenaline-fuelled action adventure and tells the story of the boy who, like his forefathers, endures a test of manhood by spending one day and night alone in the wilderness of a vast local forest.
Armed only with a bow and arrow, his task is to return with a prize to prove himself. But when Air Force One is shot down by terrorists, the young man discovers the U.S. president in an escape pod, and they have to team up as the terrorists close in.
It marks Helander’s English-language debut and is from the team behind Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, which premiered in 2010 at Locarno and Toronto.
Based on a story by Helander and Petri Jokiranta, the film is set up as a Finnish-German-U.K. co-production. Jokiranta will produce under the Subzero banner, alongside Will Clarke and Andy Mayson for Altitude Film Entertainment. Jens Meurer of Egoli Tossell Film is the German producer. Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Dredd) is executive producer.
Backers include Finnish Film Foundation; YLE; Nordisk Film & TV Fond; Visionplus Fund; Bavarian Film Partners; Bavarian Film and Television Fund (FFFBayern); German Federal Film Fund (DFFF); Comerica Bank Entertainment Group; and KfW Bankengruppe.
Altitude Film Sales is handling worldwide sales, with Altitude and WME jointly representing the North American rights in Toronto.
Entertainment One has taken all rights to the film for the U.K., Ascot Elite for all German-speaking territories and Nordisk for Scandinavia.
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