Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired U.S. rights to Deception, an action thriller starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Emmanuelle Vaugier that started shooting this week on Queensland’s Gold Coast. It’s the 42nd film directed by the Los Angeles-based Brian Trenchard-Smith. Vaugier plays a U.S. reporter on the trail of the men who killed her husband at a marina, with Gooding playing a laconic FBI agent. The script is by Canadian Kraig Wenman, and Voltage Pictures is handling international sales. “Deception is another of my genre cocktails blending an action suspense thriller with a whodunit,” said Trenchard-Smith, who started his career in Australia on films such as The Man From Hong Kong, Stunt Rock, BMX Bandits and Turkey Shoot. “It’s great to shoot the Gold Coast as the Gold Coast and not Florida for a change.”
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