Actor and filmmaker Tim Blake Nelson has joined Gerard Butler’s ANGEL HAS FALLEN, the third chapter in the Olympus Has Fallen series. Nelson joins Butler, who returns as Secret Service agent Mike Banning and Morgan Freeman’s President Trumbull. The film also stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Piper Perabo and Sapir Azulay.
Ric Roman Waugh (Shot Caller, Snitch) is directing the third installment, written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt with re-writes by Robert Kamen and Matt Cook. In the film, Banning is framed for trying to assassinate the President as he’s chased by the Secret Service and the FBI while trying to find the real perpetrators.
Butler is producing the film along with his G-BASE partner Alan Siegel, John Thompson, Matt O’Toole, Les Weldon and Yariv Lerner. Exec. producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, David Bernardi and Heidi Jo Markel of Eclectic Pictures.
At this point, Millennium Films holds the worldwide rights to distribute Angel Has Fallen, but I wouldn’t be too surprised to see them selling it to another company for its North American release. Lionsgate currently has the UK rights, and it seems like the best option for U.S. distribution.
Olympus Has Fallen was released in 2013 via the defunct Film District, and it grossed nearly $100 million domestically. London Has Fallen was released by Focus Features three years later and grossed $62.5 million.
Repped by UTA, Tim Blake Nelson continues to be a prolific character actor who appears in a variety of projects including Anthony Mandler’s Sundance film Monster. He’ll reunite with Joel and Ethan Coen playing the title role in their Netflix musical The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Deadline initially reported on Nelson’s casting.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor