Well this already sounds amazing! Word from Deadline this weekend has suggested that Academy Award Nominees Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, The Imitation Game) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Okja, Nocturnal Animals) are set to headline the new film from acclaimed director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash).
The new thriller has been written by Steven Knight, the screenwriter behind Allied and hit BBC show Peaky Blinders, and is set to start filming sometime in early 2018 with StudioCanal financing the film. The script reportedly concerns two friends, “one a business titan and the other a journalist”, and it is also said to include a “strong female lead” that is still to be cast.
It has already been a busy year for the acclaimed director: earlier this year, his latest film Call Me By Your Name, debuted to critical acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival as well the Berlin Film Festival, and is set for a prime awards seasons slot later this year. He has also been busy filming his remake of the classic horror film Suspiria, which stars Tilda Swinton (Okja), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Darker), and Chloe Grace Moretz (Bad Neighbours 2).
Indeed his two leads are at the most-prolific as they have ever been: Cumberbatch has seen his Marvel debut, Doctor Strange, gross over $670million at the worldwide box-office and has recently been filming The Current War alongside Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Katherine Waterston (Alien: Covenant). Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, followed up Nocturnal Animals with Okja, the new film from Bong-Joon Ho, and sci-fi thriller Life, opposite Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson. He also stars in Stronger, a new drama from David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche).
No release date for the film has yet been set but it could well debut during the 2018/2019 awards season.
Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name is set for release in November.