October 4, 2012
StudioCanal and Working Title have announced the start of principal photography on the upcoming feature film The Two Faces of January, starring Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. They've also released a first still from the project, which you can check out below.
The film is said to be a stylish international thriller based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, adapted for the screen by Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman). It marks the directorial debut for Amini and is produced by Tom Sternberg (The Talented Mr. Ripley), Working Title's Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner and Robyn Slovo (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). It is officially described as follows:
1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Coletteís beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner.
However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chesterís affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chesterís jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men. Their journey takes them from Greece to Turkey, and to a dramatic finale played out in the back alleys of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.
The Two Faces of January will shoot on location in Crete, Athens, Istanbul and Ealing Studios London. Working Title will produce and StudioCanal finance, distributing in the U.K., Germany, France & Australia, selling the rest of the world.
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