EXCLUSIVE: Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) have signed on to star as co-leads in The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, the English-language debut of Norwegian director Andre Øvredal (Trollhunter). Stuart Ford’s sales-finance-production powerhouse IM Global will fully finance the film through its Octane genre label. Fred Berger (La La Land) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) produce under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Monsters: Dark Continent, Welcome To The Punch).
Penned by Ian Goldberg & Richard Naing, the script has appeared on both the 2013 Black List and its genre equivalent, the Blood List. Cox and Hirsch will play father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young “Jane Doe,” they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.
Ford, Matt Jackson and Ben Shields Catlin of IM Global, a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA, will executive produce Autopsy, which begins production in the UK at the end of March.
The film reunites UK-based production and management banner 42 and IM Global after their recent collaboration on the Joel Silver-produced Autobahn, starring Felicity Jones (The Theory Of Everything) and Nicolas Hoult (X Men: Days Of Future Past).
“Brian and Emile are remarkably dynamic actors and will make a formidable pair. I feel so fortunate to be bringing this story to life with such brilliant performers,” says Øvredal.
The deals were negotiated by Deborah Zipser on behalf of IM Global, and Nick Miller from Aslan Charles Kousetta Law out of the U.K.; by UTA and Sloane, Weber, Offer, and Dern for Emile Hirsch; and by David Lillard of Paradigm for Brian Cox.
Hirsch is scheduled to appear in a Utah court on March 16 to answer charges of aggravated assault stemming from an incident at Sundance where he allegedly assaulted a female Paramount executive at a party.