The European Film Market is just a few weeks away while sales reps prepare their packages for buyers, so expect the usual swarms of headlines of acquisitions news to come. Sierra/Affinity will certainly be on hand with its own line-up of titles, one of which will be the forthcoming production of Stockholm, officially casting actor Ethan Hawke and actress Noomi Rapace.
More names are expected to be attached in the months ahead so keep your eyes peeled if heist thrillers are more your speed. The official press release is available below!
ETHAN HAWKE AND NOOMI RAPACE TO STAR IN STOCKHOLM
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ROBERT BUDREAU
Sierra/Affinity Handling International Sales of the
Bank Heist Thriller Starting at the 2017 European Film Market
LOS ANGELES January 27, 2017 – Four-time Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace will star in STOCKHOLM written and directed by Robert Budreau. Scott Aversano and Will Russell-Shapiro will executive produce and oversee the thriller via the Aversano Films banner along with Jason Blum via Blumhouse Productions. Nicholas Tabarrok will produce via his Darius Films banner, with Budreau via his Lumanity banner, and Jonathan Bronfman via his JoBro Productions banner. William Santor, John Hills and Andrew Chang-Sang are also executive producing for financier Productivity Media. Production is slated to commence in April. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales and will offer it to buyers for the first time at the 2017 European Film Market in Berlin.
STOCKHOLM is based on the extraordinary true story of the 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” written by Daniel Lang. The events grasped the world’s attention when the hostages bonded with their captors and turned against the authorities, giving rise to the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm Syndrome.”
“STOCKHOLM will offer moviegoers a raw glimpse into intense events that transpired over four decades ago coining a psychological condition that still intrigues the world today,” said Jonathan Kier, Sierra/Affinity’s President of International Sales & Distribution. “With Robert’s creative direction coupled with Ethan and Noomi’s tremendous talents, we are certain audiences around the globe will be captivated by this thrilling true story.”
STOCKHOLM will mark the second time Hawke and Budreau have worked together following the recent release of the critically-acclaimed BORN TO BE BLUE in which Hawke starred as jazz legend Chet Baker. In addition to BORN TO BE BLUE, Hawke has recently starred in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, MAGGIE’S PLAN, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, as well as BOYHOOD for which he received an Oscar® nomination.
Rapace will next be seen in WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY, UNLOCKED and BRIGHT. Her previous film credits include the Swedish language GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO series, CHILD 44, THE DROP, DEAD MAN DOWN, PROMETHEUS, and SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS.
Prior to BORN TO BE BLUE, Budreau directed the Genie-nominated THAT BEAUTIFUL SOMEWHERE. He is currently developing a TV series adaptation of the short story CONSUMERS by Dennis Lehane.
Hawke is represented by CAA, MGMT Entertainment and attorney George Sheanshang. Rapace is represented by CAA, Magnolia Entertainment, and attorney Howard Fishman of HWHM+F. Budreau is represented by APA and The Sanford Ehrlich Company.