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Salma Hayek, Brendan Fraser, Anya Taylor-Joy & Chris Evans to Star in Movie "Sacrifice"

Fri 03 May 2024 | 03:43 PM
Salma Hayek Pinault, Brendan Fraser, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Chris Evans
Salma Hayek Pinault, Brendan Fraser, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Chris Evans
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Salma Hayek Pinault, Brendan Fraser, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Chris Evans, will star in the movie "Sacrifice".

Romain Gavras directs the pic from a script he co-wrote alongside Will Arbery. Like his last movie "Athena" that premiered last Venice and was released on Netflix, "Sacrifice" has a similar combustible and propulsive anarchy coursing through the movie.

This is closer to satire, but the script by Gavras and Will Arbery was strong enough to compel the leads to commit over four days since the script was sent to talent. More actors will be set shortly, and I expect that the project — CAA Media Finance is selling the world with Rocket Science — won’t have a lot of territories left by the time buyers hit the Croisette. All the elements are there to launch Gavras as a major writer-director, here making his first English-language film.

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The logline reads:" A high-end charity gala is raided by a violent group of radicals on a mystical quest to fulfill a prophecy."

Taylor-Joy — who will be at the Cannes premiere of the George Miller-directed Furiosa playing the title character in the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel, will play the passionate antagonist — and Evans will play the movie star she has tapped to die, along with the two others. 

Iconoclast and Robert Walak, the president of Iconoclast’s Film and TV division, will produce with Gavras. Taylor-Joy and Evans also produce, with Arbery as executive producer.

Gavras, the son of the great filmmaker Costa Gavras (Z and Missing), has woven into the plot the Greek mythology tales he grew up exposed to by his dad and mom, the French film producer and journalist Michele Ray-Gavras. 

After making heralded videos for Jay-Z and Kanye West, M.I.A and Justice, "Athena" was his third movie. Having grown up with a glimpse of fame, he came up with the plot whose jumping-off point was the desire to see that balloon of fame punctured.

Arbery is a playwright and screenwriter who won the WGA Award for "Succession" and whose play, "Heroes of the Fourth Turning" was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie and Whiting Award winner.

Principal photography is set to begin in September.