Piper Perabo Joins Cast of Thriller 'Black Butterfly'

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Piper Perabo

The actress will team with Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers on the psychological thriller.

Actress Piper Perabo has joined the cast of Brian Goodman’s sophomore film Black Butterfly alongside Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

The film is a remake of the French thriller Papillon Noir by Herve Korian. Justin Stanley and Steve Hilts have penned the new script.

Banderas plays Paul, a screenwriter with a bad case of writer’s block who befriends a grifter named Jack (Rhys Meyers). Perabo (Covert Affairs) is attached to play Laura, a real estate agent and love interest of Paul. After Paul invites Jack to stay with him in return for doing small tasks, the tables turn and Jack holds him hostage, forcing him to write a script. When Laura checks in on Paul, he takes her hostage as well. It soon becomes apparent that Jack may be a dreaded serial killer of young women that local police have been trying to track down.

Principal photography began shooting this month in the Monti Simbruini region of Italy, a favorite locale of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns. Production will continue in May in studios in Rome.

Mikael Wiren’s Paradox Studios is producing with Silvio Muraglia and Marc Frydman along with Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi at AMBI Pictures.

Paradox’s CEO Muraglia and producer Frydman have had the project in development for years, and Nicolas Cage was previously attached to star.

Muraglia recently teamed up with AMBI to produce All Roads Lead to Rome, starring Sarah Jessica Parker. AMBI Distribution will handle international sales and is bringing the project to the Cannes Film Market in May.



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