Cannes: Amazon, STX Entertainment Team Up for Action-Comedy Starring David Oyelowo, With Thandie Newton

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April 20th 2017

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David Oyelowo, Thandie Newton, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Yul Vazquez and Sharlto Copley are all booked for Nash Edgerton’s action comedy, which is currently untitled.

Amazon Studios has teamed up with STX Entertainment to pick up world rights to the project which STX is presenting to international buyers at the Cannes Film Market, which kicked off today.

Currently filming in Mexico City, the film follows a newly-married, mild-mannered businessman executive (played by Oyelowo) with a stake in a pharmaceutical company about to go public, whose life is abruptly disrupted when he becomes stranded south of the border as a wanted man, and realizes that the life he aspires to live is not at all what he expected.

Edgerton is directing from a script penned by Anthony Tambakis and Matt Stone.

Amazon Studios is producing with Edgerton, Rebecca Yeldham, Tambakis, A.J. Dix, Beth Kono.

Trish Hoffman is the executive producer.

Oyelowo is certainly very busy at the moment. Projects on his slate include Mira Nair's awards season drama "The Queen of Katwe;" Amma Asante's period drama "A United Kingdom" (also a likely Oscar contender); He's also prepping to film the Paramount and J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi thriller "God Particle," which will be directed by Julius Onah (Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in the film); he's attached to a potential TV series about the first all-black police squad in the USA, in St. Louis, Missouri, in the 1920s/30s,  to be titled "The Black 22s; he's attached to star in a film adaptation of journalist Gary Younge’s non-fiction book "A Day in the Death of America" which deals with gun violence in America; and there's more...

In addition to HBO's upcoming ambitious serialized take on the sci-fi/western  "Westworld," Thandie Newton will also be seen on the big screen with Jessica Chastain and Kit Harington in the drama "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan."

by Tambay Obenson on April 20th 2017
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