The Searchers koopt nieuwe filmprojecten tijdens TIFF


Op het Toronto International Film Festival (10/9 – 19/9) heeft The Searchers een aantal mooie filmtitels aangekocht. Het gaat om nieuwe films met tal van grote namen in de cast, waaronder Kristin Scott Thomas, Daisy Ridley, Gerard Butler, Jason Statham en Kristen Bell. Sommige films zijn nog in ontwikkeling, andere al in pre-productie.

Actie, Thriller
MI6 guns-and-steel agent Orson Fortune (Statham) is recruited by global intelligence alliance ‘Five Eyes’ to track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology that threatens to disrupt the world order. Reluctantly paired with CIA high-tech expert Sarah Fidel, Fortune sets off on a globe-trotting mission where he will have to use all of his charm, ingenuity and stealth to track down and infiltrate billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds.

Regisseur: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Jason Statham

Juni 1945: het Duitse Rijk valt uiteen en Marianne von Lingenfels, weduwe van een verzetsheld, keert terug naar het slot in Beieren waar ze voor de oorlog gastvrouw was van grote feesten voor de high society. Ze is vastbesloten de belofte na te komen die ze deed aan de medestrijders van haar man: het vinden en beschermen van hun vrouwen, net als zij nu verzetsweduwen. Marianne redt Benita uit een Russisch bordeel en Ania uit een opvangkamp, en hoopt dat hun gezamenlijke verlies hen zal verbinden. Maar dan slaat de twijfel toe. Wie zijn Benita en Ania eigenlijk?

Shattuck schreef een bijzonder elegante roman over menselijke veerkracht en het grote grijze gebied tussen goed en kwaad.

Regisseur: Jane Anderson (‘The Prize Winner of Defiance’, ‘Ohio’)
Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas (‘The English Patient’, ‘Darkest Hour’), Daisy Ridley (‘Star Wars’), Nina Hoss (‘My Little Sister’, ‘Homeland’)


In 1950, as the Cold War threatens international peace, two young pilots from different worlds are accepted into an elite squadron for training – one is Tom Hudner, a clean-cut, all-American soldier. The other is Jesse Brown, a fiercely talented pilot, who would become the first African American to fly in combat for the US Navy. Initiated together into the VF-32 squadron, Tom and Jesse are pushed to their limits to become the best fighter pilots, training in cutting-edge fighter jets in preparation for battle. Within the tight brotherhood of the squadron, Tom and Jesse form a firm friendship; one that will be tested on the heated battlefield, when one of them is shot down behind enemy lines. A human story of bravery, sacrifice and brotherhood,

‘Devotion’ is an intense, thrilling, and ultimately moving story about two of the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen.

Regisseur: JD Dillard (‘Sweetheart’)
Cast: Jonathan Majors, Glen Powell


A small-town police station becomes the unlikely battleground between a professional hitman (Butler), a smart rookie female cop, and a double-crossing con man (Grillo), who seeks refuge behind bars with no place left to run.

Regisseur: Joe Carnahan (‘The A Team’, ‘The Grey’, ‘Smokin Aces’)
Cast: Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo


Connie (Kristen Bell) and JoJo (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) are BFF housewives in suburban Phoenix, who stumble upon a scheme to counterfeit coupons and create a $40-million-dollar cartel. When a SWAT team busts their stash house, they find crates of assault rifles, high-end sports cars and boxes of tampons stuffed with cash. Inspired by the true story of the largest counterfeit coupon caper in the history of the U.S.

‘Queenpins’ is The Heat meets Superbad with the heart and adventure of Thelma and Louise.

Regisseur: Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly
Cast: Kristen Bell & Kirby Howell-Baptiste


Set in 1970’s London, after a border ambush goes wrong, an Irish paramilitary, Michael (Reynor), witnesses the shooting of his pregnant wife at the hands of an SAS Sergeant Tempest (Boyega). When Tempest is sent back to London to lead a covert counterterrorist operation, Michael joins a ruthless active service unit (ASU) wreaking havoc in the capitol. For Michael, the mission is personal – to hunt down Tempest – and he’ll stop at nothing to avenge his wife death.

Regisseur: The Guard Brothers
Cast: John Boyega, Jack Reynor, Felicity Jones, Jodie Turner-Smith


The inspiring true story of Sir Nicholas Winton, whose unsung endeavors on the eve of World War II saved more than six hundred refugee children from their doom in Nazi death camps. Academy Award® winner Sir Anthony Hopkins (‘The Two Popes’, ‘Silence of the Lambs’) will star as older Nicholas Winton with Johnny Flynn (‘Emma’, ‘Beast’) attached to star as younger Nicholas. Aisling Walsh (‘Maudie’) will direct. Academy Award® winners See-Saw Films (‘Lion’, ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘Operation Mincemeat’) will produce.

Regisseur: Aisling Walsh (‘Maudie’)
Cast: Sir Anthony Hopkins (‘The Two Popes’, ‘Silence of the Lambs’), Johnny Flynn (‘Emma’, ‘Beast’)