Cannes: Michael Shannon Boards 'Pretty in Pink' Director Howard Deutch's 'Swing'

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Fortitude is introducing the romantic coming-of-age drama to buyers in Cannes.

Michael Shannon is on board to star in the romantic coming-of-age drama Swing, to be directed by Howard Deutch (The Replacements, The Great Outdoors, Pretty in Pink). 

Fortitude will be introducing the film to buyers in Cannes next week.

In the tradition of Friday Night Lights and Dead Poets Society, the film, set in the world of elite varsity rowing circa 1999, tells the story of a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college, whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet (Shannon) takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team. Written by Vojin Gjaja, a ranger-qualified former armor officer in the United States Army, the screenplay is based on his experiences as an oarsman at Columbia University.

Swing is being produced by Lucas Jarach (The Haunting of Sharon Tate), Robert Ogden Barnum (Lawless), Daniel Dávila (Knife Fight), Shannon and Byron Wetzel. Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros (JT Leroy) is executive producing alongside writer Vojin Gjaja.

“Michael is a brilliant actor paired with Howard’s directing precision, audiences will be riveted by the passion and emotional resonance of Swing” said de Barros.

Principal photography is scheduled to commence in September in New Jersey. Casting is currently underway for remaining leads.

In addition to Swing, Fortitude's 2019 Cannes lineup includes Shannon’s Echoboomers, Dennis Dugan’s Love & Other Disasters, Kristen Stewart’s JT Leroy.

Shannon is represented by Wetzel Entertainment Group, CAA and Morris, Yorn, Barnes, Levine, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner & Gellman; Deutch is repped by Echo Lake Entertainment and Verve Talent and Literary Agency.