News out of Toronto brings word that Frank Grillo and Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman will star in the based-on-true-events action thriller, Panama. Filming begins in November after Grillo wraps recent photography on John Swab’s ensemble crime thriller, Body Brokers, which began this month.
In Panama, James Becker (Grillo), a rugged, decorated ex-marine is assigned by Starks (Freeman), his former commander to execute a high-value deal with shady adversaries. The two will work together as Becker takes on assassins, courts femme fatales and negotiates with the enemy in order to complete his mission and come home.
Daniel Adams (The Golden Boys, An L.A. Minute) will direct from a script he wrote with co-scribe, exec producer William R. Barber. Michelle Chydzik Sowa and Michelle Reihel are producing. Highland Film Group is boarding world sales at TIFF next week.
Grillo and Freeman will also be seen next year in action comedy sequel, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard from Lionsgate. The former also has Black & Blue and Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level on his slate while the latter currently stars in box office hit, Angel Has Fallen from Millenium. (DEADLINE)