Golden Globe-nominated actor Joel Edgerton (Loving, Boy Erased) and Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The King) are set to star in thriller The Unknown Man, the sophomore feature from writer/director Thomas M Wright (Acute Misfortune).
A See-Saw Films and Anonymous Content production, the original feature film is produced by Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Rachel Gardner, Kerry Roberts, Kim Hodgert and Joel Edgerton.
Rocket Science alongside See-Saw’s in-house sales arm, Cross City Films, will be launching the film at the EFM in Berlin. CAA Media Finance are acting as financing agent and are co-representing sales in the US. Major production funding has been secured from Screen Australia and Rocket Science. Stan will be a partner in Australia, alongside a theatrical release.
The Unknown Man is based on an incredible real-life Australian sting operation. Two men who meet on a plane strike up a conversation that turns into friendship. For Henry Teague (Harris), worn down by a lifetime of physical labor and crime, this is a dream come true. His new friend Mark (Edgerton) becomes his savior and ally. What Henry doesn’t know is that Mark is a seasoned undercover officer – working to convict Henry for an unsolved murder committed years prior.
See-Saw Films’ producers Rachel Gardner, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman said, “Already lauded as a director with a distinctive voice, Thomas has written a unique and exceptional script to highlight the incredible story behind how a shocking crime was ultimately solved. “Joel has been an ardent supporter since the start and alongside Sean will no doubt bring a level of integrity and gravitas to the fascinating story and relationship between two very different men.”
Says producer and star Joel Edgerton, “I am entirely thrilled by the screenplay that Thomas has written and his approach to bringing the story to life. As an actor, I know I will have an incredible experience working with him, and as a producer I am honoured to be partnering with a filmmaker with such a brilliant future. “I also feel very privileged to continue my successful relationship with Anonymous Content and deepen ties with See-Saw Films as we all embark on this film together. It’s an incredible team behind this project that will support and harness the talent of Thomas M. Wright moving forward and I couldn’t be more excited.”
Australian director Thomas M Wright co-wrote and directed his debut film Acute Misfortune, based on the book by Erik Jensen, which won The Age Critics Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival, was nominated for Best Indie Film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards and was named the best Australian film of 2019 by The Guardian. Also known for his acting work internationally, Wright starred in See-Saw’s Emmy winning series Top of the Lake, 2015’s film Everest, FX’s hit show The Bridge, and WGN America’s Outsiders. He will also star in the upcoming National Geographic Channel epic Barkskins.
Simon Gillis, See-Saw’s COO of Film as well as Thorsten Schumacher and Lars Sylvest from Rocket Science will serve as executive producers for The Unknown Man.
Originally from New South Wales, Australia, Joel Edgerton is an actor as well as both a director and writer. He recently co-wrote and starred in Netflix’s critically-acclaimed The King, starring Timothee Chalamet. He made his directing debut with the 2015 film The Gift, which he also wrote and acted in alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. His sophomore feature Boy Erased, starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, was nominated for two Golden Globe awards. His earlier works include Bright, It Comes At Night, The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, and Loving, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.
BAFTA winner Sean Harris is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the villainous Solomon Lane in the Mission: Impossible films and could be seen most recently in Netflix’s critically-acclaimed feature The King alongside Timothee Chalamet. He will next feature in David Lowery’s The Green Knight alongside Dev Patel and Alicia Vikander. Other notable credits include Macbeth, Deliver Us from Evil, Prometheus and Southcliffe.