Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that principal photography began in Los Angeles on The Night Watchman. Keanu Reeves stars as Tom Ludlow, a veteran LAPD cop who finds life difficult to navigate after the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he’s been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him.
Academy Award® Winner Forest Whitaker will play Captain Jack Wander, Ludlow’s mentor and superior. The stellar cast also features Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Jay Mohr, John Corbett, Cedric the Entertainer, Amaury Nolasco, Terry Crews, Naomie Harris, Martha Higareda, Kirstin Pierce, Common and The Game. The screenplay is based on an original script by James Ellroy, with current revisions by David Ayer. Ayer, known for bringing gritty realism to films such as Training Day and Harsh Times, is directing.
The Night Watchman, a Fox Searchlight and New Regency financed project, will be released by Fox Searchlight. Claudia Lewis, President of Production is overseeing the project with Kara Francis, EVP of Production, New Regency. The film is being produced by Erwin Stoff, Alexandra Milchan and Lucas Foster.