EXCLUSIVE: Newly launched BiFrost Pictures has come aboard to produce and finance Shelter, Paul Bettany‘s upcoming directorial debut. Bettany also wrote the NYC-set feature which is set to star Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie. Filming starts later this year in the Manhattan area with Robert Ogden Barnum, Katie Mustard and Bettany producing alongside BiFrost’s Daniel Wagner. Cassian Elwes, Aimee Sheih, Melanie Greene, Dana Brown, and Clay Floren are executive producers. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Voltage Pictures will take the project to Toronto next month repping international rights while Elwes and UTA rep domestic rights. “It’s my intention to surround myself with hugely talented people and then claim all the credit. I have great actors, great producers and a great city to shoot in- plus I’m hoping to keep alive the time-honored tradition sacred to directors and seduce my leading actress,” said Bettany. The UTA-repped newbie helmer most recently appeared in Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, Margin Call, and The Tourist and will star opposite Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall in Transcendence. Connelly’s upcoming slate includes 2014’s Winter’s Tale for WB, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah for Paramount, and Claudia Llosa’s CRY FLY. Connelly is repped by CAA and Risa Shapiro at the Schiff Company. Mackie next stars in Fox’s pic Runner, Runner and Disney’s The Fifth Estate, both in theaters this October. He’ll also appear as Sam Wilson/The Falcon in next year’s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He’s repped by UTA and Inspire Entertainment.
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