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Robert Rodriguez’s Hypnotic to Star Affleck and Braga

Production will start September 20, 2021 in Austin, Texas on Hypnotic, directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Academy Award winner Ben Affleck and Alice Braga (Queen of the South, City of God).

The film was originally set to begin principal photography in April 2020 but was shut down due to the outbreak.

Hypnotic to Star Affleck and Braga

Hypnotic is a mind-bending action thriller about a detective who becomes entangled in a mystery involving his missing daughter and a secret government program – while investigating a string of impossible high-end crimes.

Hypnotic is written by Rodriguez and Max Borenstein (Godzilla franchise, Kong: Skull Island). Rodriguez, Studio 8 CEO Jeff Robinov and his colleagues Guy Danella & John Graham are producing with Solstice.


Affleck is a multiple award-winning actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He has won two Academy Awards as well as multiple Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He’s known for his work directing and starring in the Warner Bros. Best Picture Academy Award winner Argo and The Town in which he starred, directed and co-wrote.

His previous leading roles include Justice League, The Accountant, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gone Girl and State of Play. He directed Gone Baby Gone and starred in and co-wrote Good Will Hunting.


Braga (City of God) will next be seen in The Suicide Squad, coming to theaters and HBO Max on August 6, 2021.

She has played the lead character for five seasons on the hit TV series Queen of the South, recently starred in Luca Guadagnino’s limited series We Are Who We Are, and was one of the starring voices in the Academy Award-winning Pixar film Soul.

Studio 8 is a filmmaker-driven company focused on building longstanding relationships with filmmakers in order to develop, produce and acquire both potential tentpoles and prestige pictures. Studio 8 partners with filmmakers and talent to make possible their unique creative vision and deliver that vision to audiences globally.

Studio 8 founder and CEO, Jeff Robinov, previously served as an executive at Warner Bros., climbing the ranks to serve as President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

“Working with Ben on his award-winning projects, including Argo and The Town, I have seen how his versatility and creativity has made him one of the most talented filmmakers both in front of and behind the camera,” said Robinov previously.

“It’s very meaningful to be collaborating with Ben again on this uniquely riveting suspense thriller, and I know he and Robert will make a terrific film together.”

Solstice Studios is an independent movie company based in Los Angeles, founded in October 2018. The studio develops, fully finances, produces, sells internationally and distributes feature films in the U.S. on a wide-release basis. The company has a partnership with Ingenious Media.

Solstice’s first film, Unhinged, starring Academy Award winner Russell Crowe was the first new movie back in US theaters last summer.

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