With Wheelman pulling up around the corner and production underway for Allan Ungar’s Decoy, there’ll be no shortage of Beyond Skyline star Frank Grillo from here on as developments accrue with Tim Sutton’s gritty new indie fight thriller, Donnybrook. The film shoots in Cincinatti, Ohio on October 23 with Grillo leading a cast that so far lists Jamie Bell (6 Days), Margaret Qualley (Death Note) and James Badge Dale with a script by Sutton, and Rumble Films’s David Lancaster producing with financing by BackUp Films.
As The Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive update on Tuesday details it, the premise is described as a hybrid cross between Fight Club and True Romance with a story centered on the titular underground bareknuckle fight circuit known as Donnybrook, competing for the top prize of $100,000. Its two journeying contestants are Chainsaw Angus (Grillo), a murderous drug dealer with serious anger issues, and Jarhead Earl (Bell), a man who wants to help his family by competing in the tournament.
Qualley will star as Chainsaw’s drug dealing sister, Delia, with Badge Dale cast a Whalen, a crooked cop and junkie. UTA Independent Film Group holds North American sales rights.