Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, John Hannah, J.K. Simmons and Nora Arnezeder have joined Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, and Dennis Quaid to round out the cast of the dramatic thriller The Words. The film marks TRON: Legacy writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal's directorial debut. Klugman and Sternthal also wrote the script, which went through the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab and appeared on the Black List (the annual list of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays). The Words starts shooting this month in Montreal.
The Words follows a writer (Cooper) who, at the peak of his literary success, discovers the price he must pay for stealing another manís work.
Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures is producing along with Animus Films' Jim Young, and Serena Films' Tatiana Kelly. Untitled Entertainment's Laura Rister is executive producing the film with Cassian Elwes under their joint venture Waterfall Media. Rister and Elwes are shepherding the project. Cinematographer Antonio Calvache (In the Bedroom, Little Children) is the Director of Photography.
Parlay Films' Lisa Wilson is handling international sales. US rights placement is represented by Waterfall Media/Untitled.