Ewan McGregor to Play Dual Role in Rodrigo Garcia's LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT
Mockingbird Pictures and Division Films announce today that Ewan McGregor and Tye Sheridan have signed on to star in their co-production of LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT, which is written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs). Ciarán Hinds (There Will Be Blood) and Ayelet Zurer (Angels and Demons) round out the film's cast as Sheridan's Father and Mother.
LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT follows a holy man and a demon-both roles played by McGregor-on a journey through the desert. An encounter with a family struggling to survive in this harsh environment forces the holy man to confront his own fate.
The film is produced by Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis of Mockingbird Pictures along with Wicks Walker of Division Films, who financed the picture in collaboration with recently shingled Ironwood Entertainment, with Aspiration Media and New Balloon in association. The film has commenced principal photography in the Southern California desert.
Garcia and director of photography "Chivo" Lubezki are reunited for the picture after having worked together many years ago on Garcia's Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, which was awarded Un Certain Regard at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Lubezki received his sixth Academy Award nomination recently for his work on Gravity.
WME Entertainment is handling domestic rights, with Hanway Films representing international.
Says HanWay's Thorsten Schumacher, 'Rodrigo Garcia is an incredible filmmaker who we've long admired and he's assembled an amazing cast and crew to bring to life this epic and profound story. We're thrilled to introduce Last Days In The Desert to our buyers at Berlin'.
Rodrigo Garcia's Albert Nobbs, which starred Glenn Close and was likewise produced by Mockingbird Pictures, was nominated for three Academy Awards in 2012, including Close as Best Actress.
The film boasts a cast and crew that have collectively received 37 Oscar nominations: 4-time Academy Award nominee Jeannine Oppewall (Catch Me If You Can) as production designer; 3-time Academy Award nominee Judianna Makovsky (The Hunger Games) as costume designer; 2-time Academy Award nominee Christina Smith (Schindler's List) as makeup department head and 2-time Academy Award winner Andy Nelson (LES MISERABLES) and 4-time Academy Award nominee Peter Devlin (Iron Man 3) are handling sound.
Ewan McGregor most recently wrapped production on Mortdecai opposite Johnny Depp. He currently stars in August: Osage County. This fall he will star in Gavin O' Connor's Jane Got a Gun Opposite Natalie Portman as well as make his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing." He recently starred in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which garnered him a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination, as well as Beginners and The Impossible. McGregor is represented by UTA, United Agents and Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern.
Tye Sheridan received the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and several film critics recognition, most recently receiving a nomination for Best Young Actor by the Broadcast Film Critics Association on behalf of his performance in the film Mud. He will next be seen starring alongside Nicolas Cage in the upcoming film Joe as well as Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, both set to release this year. Additional upcoming films include The Forger with John Travolta and Grass Stains.
ABOUT MOCKINGBIRD PICTURES:
Mockingbird Pictures was formed in 1999 by Julie Lynn, with Bonnie Curtis joining as a full partner in 2011. Curtis and Lynn are currently in post-production on Victor Levin's 5 to 7, starring Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe. Mockingbird's other recent titles include Arie Posin's The Face of Love, starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris, and Rodrigo Garcia's Albert Nobbs. Prior to joining Mockingbird, Curtis spent 15 years working with Steven Spielberg, first as his assistant, then as a producer on films including Saving Private Ryan, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and Minority Report. Lynn's credits with Mockingbird include Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child with Naomi Watts and Annette Bening, as well as his movie Nine Lives with Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Amanda Seyfried, and Robin Wright. Additional upcoming projects include Meg LeFauve's Showtime series Girl in a Box, Russ Beene's adaptation of the Ron Rash novel "One Foot in Eden," which Iain Softley will direct.
ABOUT DIVISION FILMS
Division is an independent film producer known for Spring Breakers, which premiered at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival, and was released worldwide in early 2013. Division's The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, led by Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 and is now set for release by The Weinstein Company. Also on Division's slate for 2014 is Anthony Lucero's The Clown, which will star Pål Hagen (Kon-Tiki), Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac) and Mikkel Folsgaard (A Royal Affair).
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