Brendan Gleeson and Abbie Cornish to Star in Brad Siberling’s Thriller AN ORDINARY MAN

     May 7, 2012


It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about director Brad Silberling’s (Moonlight Mile) low-budget thriller An Ordinary Man, but it was announced today that Radiant Films International will be handling international distribution, and Brendan Gleeson and Abbie Cornish (Limitless) are attached to star.  The contemporary suspense tale “centers on the unexpected relationship between a fictitious war criminal in hiding, and his only human contact—his maid.”  It sounds like an intimate character drama, and Gleeson tends to shine in small, dialogue driven scenes.

Cornish made waves with her performance in 2009’s Bright Star and recently wrapped In Bruges director Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths opposite Colin Farrell.  Silberling most recently directed the adaptation of Land of the Lost starring Will Ferrell.  Production on An Ordinary Man is set to begin this fall in Belgrade, Serbia.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

abbie-cornish-an-ordinary-manHere’s the press release:

Golden Globe nominated Brendan Gleeson (THE GUARD, IN BRUGES) and Abbie Cornish (BRIGHT STAR, W.E.) are set to star in the new dramatic thriller AN ORDINARY MAN for Brad Silberling (CITY OF ANGELS, MOONLIGHT MILE) who will direct from his own original script.

The contemporary suspense tale centers on the unexpected relationship between a fictitious war criminal in hiding, and his only human contact — his maid.

Silberling produces the film through his Reveal Entertainment banner, in a co-production with Disruptive Media and producers Chris Miller, James Burke and Michael Richter.  David Lonner executive produces the film that is targeted to start principal photography in the Fall 2012 on location in Belgrade, Serbia.

Radiant Films International helmed by President and CEO Mimi Steinbauer will handle international rights to the film and will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.

On the announcement of the film Silberling said, “There’s no greater pleasure than crafting a tale for brilliant actors to sink their teeth into, and with Brandon and Abbie, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot.   Watching them go toe to toe in this suspenseful tightrope walk of veiled intentions, cat and mouse psychology, and desperate gambling for human contact – it will be a filmmaker’s dream to capture.   Having Mimi and her Radiant team squarely behind the film gives me a tremendous sense of security for the picture as it makes its way out into the world.”

“Disruptive is honored to be working with such incredibly talented artists as Brad, Brendan and Abbie, and are so excited to help bring this uniquely provocative story to audiences around the world,” continued Miller.

“Brad has written one of the smartest scripts I have read in awhile.  It’s an intelligent, complex story and a great character study of people in conflict.  Brendan and Abbie are perfectly cast and in Brad’s hands we expect great things from this thrilling film,” commented Steinbauer.

Gleeson gained critical recognition for his roles in last year’s successful comedy THE GUARD opposite Don Cheadle released through Sony Pictures Classics and IN BRUGES opposite Colin Farrell; earning Golden Globe Award nominations for both performances. He won an Emmy and was nominated for another Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in HBO’s “Into the Storm.” His other credits include Martin Scorsese’s GANGS OF NEW YORK, playing the iconic Alastor Moody character in the worldwide box office hit franchise HARRY POTTER series, and TROY opposite Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom. He was last seen in Universal’s SAFE HOUSE opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds and is currently appearing in Relativity Media’s THE RAVEN co-starring John Cusack and Luke Evans. He will next appear in Robert Redford’s THE COMPANY YOU KEEP opposite Redford, Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie, currently in post-production.

Cornish caught the industry’s attention in Jane Campion’s BRIGHT STAR opposite Ben Whishaw, released through Apparition and for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the British Independent Film Awards. She has since appeared in Relativity Media’s box office hit LIMITLESS opposite Bradley Cooper, Warner Bros. Pictures SUCKER PUNCH opposite Emily Browning and Vanessa Hudgens and Madonna’s W.E. with Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy released via The Weinstein Company. She recently finished shooting the comedy SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS co-starring Woody Harrelson and Colin Farrell set for release through CBS Films in 2013 and is receiving rave reviews for her performance in THE GIRL that made its debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Silberling previously directed the Warner Bros. Pictures’ romantic drama CITY OF ANGELS starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan as well as Touchstone Pictures’ MOONLIGHT MILE which he also wrote and starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Holly Hunter. His other directing credits include the family film, LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS with Jim Carrey, Emily Browning and Meryl Streep distributed through Paramount Pictures and Universal’s LAND OF THE LOST starring Will Ferrell. He will next direct a segment for JERUSALEM, I LOVE YOU, the next installment in the “Cities of Love” franchise alongside such acclaimed directors as Jerry Zucker, Lawrence Kasdan and Joseph Cedar.

Silberling and the film are repped by Rena Ronson at UTA Independent, which also is handling domestic sales.

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