EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Eckhart will star in The Expatriate, playing an ex-CIA agent in a drama that will begin production early next year in Belgium and Montreal. Philipp Stolzl (North Face) is directing a script by A.E. Amel. Informant Media’s Judy Cairo is producing with Smash Media’s Harry Winer and Michael A. Simpson and Howard Meltzer. Essential Entertainment is handling international sales at AFM, and will be executive producer. The film is being financed partly through the Informant Media Film Fund. In The Expatriate, Eckhart plays a former CIA agent who hopes to make a fresh start with his estranged 15-year old daughter. He takes a job in Belgium as a security expert for a multinational corporation and arrives one day to find the corporation no longer exists, his coworkers are gone, and his assistant is really a trained operative out to kill him and his daughter. Father and daughter go on the run and must learn to trust each other, something that becomes difficult once she learns the truth about his shadowy past.
Eckhart is expected to be in the awards season conversation as he stars alongside Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, which Lionsgate releases in December. He also stars in the Sony Pictures Entertainment action film Battle: Los Angeles, and alongside Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary. Essential is also selling Barney’s Version, Whole Lotta Sole and Red Dog.