HanWay adds A-list cast to Garrone and Wheatley films
by Annika Pham
- CANNES 2014: Veteran British producer Jeremy Thomas readies the cast for High Rise and The Tale of Tales
Jeremy Thomas’ sales agent, HanWay Films, has announced in Cannes that Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller will join Tom Hiddleston in Ben Wheatley’s upcoming British thriller, High-Rise [+see also:
film profile], while Toby Jones and John C Reilly have been added to the bankable names of Vincent Cassel and Salma Hayek in Matteo Garrone’s English-language debut, The Tale of Tales [+see also:
Q&A: Matteo Garrone
In July, British director Wheatley will be in Belfast to start filming the adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic thriller about the residents of a high-rise building that soon split into factions and turn to violence. Thomas is producing for his Recorded Picture Company (RPC).
The British mogul is also attached to the ambitious European co-production The Tale of Tales by Italy’s double Grand Prix Jury winner at Cannes, Matteo Garrone. Loosely based on 17th-century Neapolitan author Giambattista Basile’s fairy tales, the film started shooting yesterday in Italy. The director of Gomorrah [+see also:
interview: Domenico Procacci
interview: Jean Labadie
interview: Matteo Garrone
film profile] said: “I chose to enter Basile’s world because I found in his fables the mix between reality and fantasy that has always defined my artistic research.”
Garrone’s own shingle, Archimede, is producing together with Jeremy Thomas (Recorded Picture Company) and Jean Labadie for Le Pacte, which will distribute the film in France. In Italy, 01 Distribution will handle the local release.
At the market in Cannes, HanWay Films is premiering the US black comedy Faults and is screening four other titles: Iain Forsyth’s documentary 20,000 Days on Earth [+see also:
film profile], about iconic musician Nick Cave; Stuart Murdoch’s musical film God Help the Girl [+see also:
film profile] (sold to Spain, the US and Taiwan); the Brazilian action-adventure Rio Siege; and Sundance Spotlight actioner The Guest, sold to the UK (Icon Film Distribution), the US (Picture House) and Russia (Caravella).