Michael Goi’s supernatural thriller MARY, co-financed and produced by Tucker Tooley Entertainment and eOne, is really starting to shape up as something special even before it starts production in Alabama at the end of the month.
If soon-to-be Oscar winner* Gary Oldman starring in the movie wasn’t enough to get your interest, then they’ve just cast British actor Emily Mortimer in the movie opposite him to play his wife, the Tracking Board confirms.
Written by Anthony Jaswinski of last year’s shark hit The Shallows, Mary is about a couple facing financial problems who buy an old ship at auction hoping to start a charter business only to discover it has some horrifying secrets.. but only once they’re already out in open waters. It and Bloodline star Owen Teague also joined the cast recently.
Goi is best known for director and doing cinematographer duties on shows like American Horror Story and Salem, and Mary will be his first feature as a director since 2011’s Megan is Missing.
Repped by WME, Lighthouse Management & Media and Sloane Offer, Mortimer has been keeping busy this year with roles in The Sense of an Ending and Sally Potter’s The Party, which will be released in the UK next month after playing the London Film Festival. Mortimer also plays Jane Banks in Disney’s 2018 sequel Mary Poppins Returns and will appear in Greg Kinnear’s directorial debut The Philosophy of Phil and Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop with Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy.
Producing the film are Tucker Tooley, Scott Lambert and Alexandra Milchan with Scott Lumpkin. Greg Renker and Jason Barhydt are exec. producers along with Oldman production partner Douglas Urbinski.
The first look deal Tooley has with eOne means the latter will be distributing the film in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other international territories, while Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales via the partnership between eOne and Sierra Pictures. WME will represent domestic rights.
This news was initially reported by Deadline.
(* Seriously, anyone betting against Oldman winning an Oscar for Darkest Hour will be taking the longest odds possibly in Oscar history… and it’s only September.)
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor