John Boyega, Felicity Jones & more join new thriller film Borderland
According to Deadline, Star Wars alums John Boyega (Attack the Block, Rise of Skywalker) and Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (Rogue One, The Theory of Everything) have signed on along with Jack Reynor (Midsommar) and Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim) to join a new IRA thriller film titled Borderland which hails from The Uninvited filmmaking duo Tom and Charles Guard. On top of starring, Jones is also set as an executive producer through her Piecrust Productions banner.
“Borderland is a vengeance fueled chase movie, fusing some pulse ticking action with a powerful message for our times. We’re thrilled that the script, driven as much by character as it is by plot, has attracted such a first-rate cast,” the Guard brothers said in a statement.
Inspired by author Steven S. Moysey’s The Road to Balcombe Street novel, Borderland follows the story of an Irish paramilitary, Michael (Reynor), who witnesses the shooting of his pregnant wife at the hands of a SAS sergeant named Tempest (Boyega) when a border ambush goes wrong. When Tempest is sent back to London to lead a covert counter-terrorist operation, Michael joins a ruthless active service unit (ASU) wreaking havoc in the capital. For Michael, the mission is personal – to hunt down Tempest – and he’ll stop at nothing to avenge his wife’s death.
“It’s been a pleasure working with Rocket Science putting the film together and I couldn’t be more excited to get this prodigious project into production later this year,” producer Chris Coen said. “The Guard Brothers make for a terrific team who are assembling a formidable cast and crew.”
The film will be directed by the Guard Brothers, who are best known for their directorial debut film The Uninvited. The filmmaking duo have also co-written the script with Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies). The movie is a production by Piecrust Productions and Rocket Science with Jones, Chris Coen, and Rebecca Brown serving as executive producers.
Production is expected to begin in 2021.
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