Joel Edgerton to Make Directorial Debut with WEIRDO

     September 9, 2013

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Joel Edgerton is having a pretty good year.  He started things off with acting turns in Zero Dark Thirty and follow-up The Great Gatsby, then re-teamed with director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) for Jane Got a Gun, and has landed starring roles in Barry Levinson’s Black Mass, Ridley Scott’s Exodus and Warner Bros. adaptation of Shantaram.  Now, Edgerton is taking a turn in the director’s chair, making his directorial debut with Weirdo Hit the jump for more.

Screen Daily reports felony-joel-edgertonthat Edgerton’s directorial debut, Weirdo, is expected to shoot in California next year.  Here’s what he had to say about it:

“It’s about a guy who is forced to face the past when it comes back in the form of an old school friend, but he continually lies about it (the past) and it haunts him in a bad bad way … Weirdo is a very contained film: five or six locations and six characters … We have people interested in financing subject to casting and we’re playing that game now … I’ll play a supporting role and I will bring the post home.”

Edgerton also wrote the script for the film, making Weirdo his fourth scripted feature after The Square, Felony and The Rover.  It was for the Matthew Saville-directed Felony that Edgerton was in attendance at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, which will play host to the film’s world premiere.  He also leads that particular Australian film, alongside co-stars Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Melissa George (30 Days of Night) and Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins).

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