Stana Katic ("Castle") and Odette Yustman (The Unborn, Cloverfield) have joined Richard Gere, Topher Grace, and Stephen Moyer in writer Michael Brandt's directorial debut project The Double. Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment Group and Imagenation Abu Dhabi are producing the sophisticated and elevated spy thriller based on an original script from Brandt and his writing partner Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma).
Amritraj and Hyde Park Executive VP of Production Patrick Aiello will produce along with Haas and Industry Entertainment's Andrew Deane. Imagenation Abu Dhabi Chairman Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei and CEO Edward Borgerding will serve as executive producers along with COO Stefan Brunner who will be an associate producer. Aiello brought in the project at Hyde Park and will shepherd production with principal photography beginning June 21st in Detroit, Michigan.
Story kicks-off with the mysterious murder of a Senator in Washington D.C. bearing the distinguished marks of a Soviet assassin, code-named Cassius, who was long thought to be dead. To hunt down the killer, a retired CIA operative (Gere), who spent his career going toe-to-toe with his Soviet nemeses, is teamed with a young FBI agent (Grace). Katic plays a feisty Russian prostitute who fiercely protects key information; while Yustman has the role of Grace's character's wife, a strong woman who raises a family while coping with her husband's Bureau career.