CS Video: Zachary Quinto & J.C. Chandor on Margin Call


There’s been a lot of coverage in the world of real news about what’s been happening in New York City (and around the world) with “Occupy Wall Street,” which might make it the perfect time for a movie like J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call, a Wall Street thriller set during the day leading up to the 2008 economic crash that has put our country into what seems like a never-ending recession.

Having premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, it stars Zachary Quinto (“Heroes,” Star Trek) as Peter Sullivan, a financial analyst at a high-powered Wall Street firm who discovers an error in a formula his company has been using to determine trades, something that could bring the entire financial world crumbling down around them. Over the course of 24 hours, we watch as this information goes from Peter to his superiors and all the way to the top of the firm’s food chain with the cut-throat CEO and how they all react to this revelation and what it might mean for the company if they can’t find a solution.

Taking on the role of producer with his Before the Door Pictures partners Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa, Quinto helped Chandor assemble an astounding ensemble cast to fill the roster of different levels of power at this company, including Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci , Paul Bettany, Simon Baker and more, all playing important cogs in the financial machine to show how a simple oversight can lead to financial disaster

A few days ago, ComingSoon.net did interviews for the film, beginning with Zachary Quinto, whom we talked to about:

* What got him interested in producing the movie
* The general timeframe for the project
* His involvement with getting the cast together
* The logistics of having such a big cast
* The research he did to better understand the role
* If any of the actors understood what they were saying
* How much audiences need to know about the financial world
* Discussing his production work, which includes developing graphic novels
* What it’s like returning as Spock in J.J. Abrams’ Untitled Star Trek Sequel
(They start shooting in January, but he hasn’t read a script yet, and he’s not sure how hard it will be getting back into that character; you can watch that stuff at the 11:16 mark.)

And lots more!

Next, we spoke with director J.C. Chandor, but sadly, we didn’t get the allotted time we needed to really get into some of the nitty-gritties of the movie, but here’s the brief interview we did get:

Margin Call opens in select cities on Friday.