In the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, Katharine Gun (Dormer), a young British intelligence officer, reveals a secret illegal NSA spy operation against the UN Security Council designed to ensure passage of a resolution for war to Martin Bright (Bettany), a reporter at The London Observer. Her arrest following the leak makes headlines around the world, and in an attempt to gain the evidence to free Katharine, Martin unearths a shocking plot that puts both of their lives in jeopardy.
Be ready for what comes later this year when cult action directorial favorite Isaac Florentine releases his latest new action thriller, Close Range. Production wrapped last week reuniting our dear director with elite Brit kicker and cinematic action hero, actor Scott Adkins who plays Colton McReady, a former soldier-turned-vigilante forced to defend his sister and niece in their own home against a ruthless drug cartel and a swarm of police under the command of their courrpt sheriff.
Such a plot line bodes perfectly well for the Adkins/Florentine duo whose work dates back close to twelve years of making solid and memorable action movies together, now with co-star and martial artist, actor Jeremy Marinas taking the reigns as the action director. It’s an exciting feat to welcome this year, and even more so as it gained ground over at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin where the film, represented by international sales agents, Blue Box International, has just closed a raft of distribution deals worldwide, including XLrator Media in North America and VVS in Canada.
The news should excite plenty of fans ahead of the new year as Close Range aims for another return to hard-hitting, pulse pounding action for the lead star as word awaits on a potential return to the fray as Russian kickboxer, Yuri Boyka in a hopeful forth installment of the Undisputed franchise among others. In the meantime, Adkins has a batch of other films on the way this year as well, so keep a look out for more information as it comes.
Close Range is a production of Bleiberg Entertainment’s own Company B with Ehud Bleiberg and Richard Donnermeyer producing from a script by co-producers Chad Law and Shane Dax Taylor. Actress Caitlin Keats and actors Nick Chinlund, Madison Lawlor, Jake La Botz and Tony Perez round out the cast.
While we await the good word on what will happen further in Universal’s revamped world of vampires and monsters, things have set sail over in Berlin where the EFM is already underway, and actor Luke Evans now has another role in his hands. With the actor’s schedule open after abandoning The Crow remake last month, official news has broken that Evans is now tapped to star in the new thriller, Three Seconds, based on the 2009 publication from award-winning Swedish crime authors Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom.
Renouned director Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, Criminal Justice) is set to helm the film from a script by Matt Cook which sees Evans in the role of a man forced to escape prison and fight for his life when the FBI abandon him following a botched undercover mission behind bars to infiltrate the Polish mafia’s New York drug cartel. Basil Iwank and Ollie Madden of Thunder Road and Shine Pictures are on board with financing from PalmStar Media
Principal photography is set to begin this Spring while Evans is also expected to appear in helmer Ben Wheatley’s 1970’s crime pic, Free Fire later this year as well.