Actor Gary Oldman is no stranger to Oscar buzz, but he’s been getting a lot this past weekend for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, which just premiered at Telluride.
Wisely, Oldman and his agents are striking while the Oldman is hot by lining up new projects, and the first one up is Michael Goi’s second feature film MARY, a supernatural thriller that will be financed and co-produced by Tucker Tooley Entertainment and Entertainment One. The Tracking Board has confirmed this casting.
The thriller is about a struggling family that buys an old ship with hopes of starting a charter business , only to learn the ship’s secrets while out at sea. The script is written by Anthony Jaswinski, who also penned last year’s Blake Lively shark thriller The Shallows.
Goi is best known for directing and DPing episodes of Salem and American Horror Story, for which he’s received four Emmy nominations. He also directed two previous features, Megan is Missing and Voyeur.
Tucker Tooley will be joined by Scotts Lambert and Lumpkin and Alexandra Milchan in producing the film. Exec. producers include Greg Renker, Jason Barhydt and Oldman’s producing partner Douglas Urbanski.
The movie will be made under a first look deal with eOne, who controls distribution rights to Tooley Entertainment’s films in the U.K., Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain. They hope to start filming laster this month in Alabama, so expect more casting news soon.
Oldman can currently be seen in Lionsgate’s action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which has enjoyed three weeks at #1, as well as the aforementioned Darkest Hour, which is running the festival circuit before being released by Focus on Nov. 22. He also just finished filming the thriller Hunter Killer with Gerard Butler.
Tooley just wrapped filming on another Gerard Butler film, Den of Thieves, which is scheduled for a Jan. 19, 2018 release.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor