Lockdown: HBO Max Acquires Heist Rom-Com Starring Hathaway, Ejiofor & Stiller
Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the upcoming heist/romantic comedy movie Lockdown for HBO Max, starring Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables, The Dark Knight Rises, Rachel Getting Married), Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Old Guard, Dancing on the Edge), and Emmy winner Ben Stiller (Escape at Dannemora, Tropic Thunder, Zoolander) in a major worldwide rights deal, according to Deadline. The streamer is expected to premiere the feature as a Max Original in early 2021.
Lockdown is directed by Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Edge of Tomorrow) from a screenplay written by Steven Knight (Taboo, See). The project marks a reunion for Hathaway and Knight, who previously directed the Oscar-winning actress in the mystery thriller Serenity.
The film is being described as a “heist movie/romantic comedy set in the backdrop of the pandemic lockdown” that tells the story of how sparring couple Linda (Hathaway) and Paxton (Ejiofor) call a truce to attempt a high-risk, high-stakes jewelry heist at one of the world’s most exclusive department store, Harrods.
The movie also stars Stephen Merchant, Lucy Boynton, Ben Kingsley, Mindy Kaling, and Dule Hill
Lockdown will be produced by P.J. van Sandwijk and Michael Lesslie of Storyteller Productions along with Alison Winter and Michael Lesslie. AGC Studios’ Stuart Ford and Miguel Palos are set as executive producers.
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