Jon Hamm is set to star in Tony Gilroy’s political action/thriller High Wire Act, which will be directed by Brad Anderson. Set in 1980’s Beirut, Hamm plays a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family’s death.
“I’m thrilled the way the project’s come together. Jon Hamm was made to play the part. I’ve been trying to work with Brad Anderson from the moment I saw Transsiberian and every conversation we have confirms my confidence,” said Gilroy in a statement. “I can’t wait to see a script that means so much to me get up and running.”
Gilroy along with Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures are producing and Good Universe is handling international sales in advance of the Cannes Film Festival. Gilroy, the screenwriter behind the Bourne series, also produced the critically acclaimed Nightcrawler.
“Tony may have been channeling John le Carré when he wrote this, and as such it has many of the themes I love that make those stories so great – the political intrigue, the betrayals, the morally compromised characters, the reluctant heroes. And it’s set in a world – war-torn Beirut – that’s seldom depicted on screen,” added Anderson in a statement.
Anderson’s previous films include The Machinist with Christian Bale, Transsiberian, Session 9 and The Call with Halle Berry. He has also directed several TV pilots, including Zoo for CBS which airs this summer. Hamm, of course, is the multiple-Emmy nominated actor of the critically acclaimed Mad Men series.
Gilroy and Hamm are represented by CAA. Anderson is represented by WME and LBI Entertainment.