BREAKING: Fox Searchlight, which was uncharacteristically quiet at Cannes, has just made a buy. Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley have closed a deal for North American and a few other territories on the Richard Shepard-directed Dom Hemingway. The darkly comic crime saga stars Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir and Emilia Clarke. Jeremy Thomas produced through Recorded Picture Company and the film will be released next year. “We were so attracted to this film, with its rich array of characters and sharp dialogue. Jude Law’s clever and outrageous performance as Dom is completely transformative, unlike anything you have seen him do before,” said Utley and Gilula.
Jude Law plays Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse. After 12 years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Grant) looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Bechir). After a near-death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt. The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s EVP Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford and SVP Business Affairs Megan O’Brien, with HanWay Films Managing Director Thorsten Schumacher and COO Jan Spielhoff on behalf of the filmmakers.
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