'Peacock' pair: Page, Murphy
EmptyEllen Page and Cillian Murphy are attached to star in Mandate Pictures' psychological thriller "Peacock," about a man with split personalities and the woman who holds a key to his past.
Barry Mendel ("Munich") is producing the film, which marks the directorial debut of Michael Lander, who co-wrote the script with co-producer Ryan Roy. Mandate's Nicole Brown and Nathan Kahane will executive produce.
The film is set in the small town of Peacock, Neb., where a man with a split personality (Murphy) fools the town into believing that his two alter-egos are man and wife. Page will play a struggling young mother who sparks a battle between the personalities.
" 'Peacock' stunned me as a script from start to finish," Murphy said. "It offers an incredible challenge to an actor — one I couldn't turn down."
The film marks Page's fourth project with Mandate. She starred in "Juno," for which she received an Oscar nom for best actress. Her next project with Mandate is the comedy "Whip It," which marks Drew Barrymore's directorial debut and is being produced by Barrymore's Flower Films and Mendel.
Page also will star in Mandate's "Drag Me to Hell," which is a joint venture with Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures.
"This is one of the boldest screenplays I've come across in my albeit short career," Page said of "Peacock." "It's a character and story I can throw myself into and exactly the type of movie I love to be part of."
Murphy's projects include "The Edge of Love" with Keira Knightley and "Hippie Hippie Shake" with Sienna Miller. He is repped by UTA, Lou Coulson Agency, the Lisa Richards Agency and attorney David Weber.
Page is repped by WMA and the Gary Goddard Agency.
Lander and Roy's next writing project is "Kite," a thriller about a prison industrial complex that is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way for Warner Bros.