EXCLUSIVE: Against All Enemies, the political thriller that stars Kristen Stewart as iconic actress Jean Seberg, has added key cast components. Vince Vaughn, Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2, Atlanta), Yvan Attal (Munich) and Stephen Root (Get Out) are all now on board for the Benedict Andrews-directed film.
Fred Berger (La La Land) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik are producing alongside Kate Garwood and Stephen Hopkins. Phreaker Films, led by Alan Ritchson and Marina Acton, has come on board to produce and finance. Bradley Pilz of Bradley Pilz Productions is also producing. Sales kick off in Cannes this week via Memento Films International. UTA is repping U.S. rights.
Along with Stewart — also at Cannes as a member of the festival’s competition jury — Deadline previously revealed the cast includes Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley and Colm Meaney. Filming is set for June in Los Angeles.
Seberg, an American actress who spent half her life in France, was a darling of the French New Wave. Because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal (Mackie), she was also a target of the FBI’s attempts to disrupt, discredit and expose the Black Power movement. O’Connell plays the ambitious young FBI agent assigned to surveil her, only to find their fates dangerously interwoven.
Vaughn is set to play Carl Kowalski, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, who is not afraid of bending the rules to his advantage. Root plays Seberg’s longtime agent, Walt Breckman. French star Attal will play the iconic novelist Romain Gary, who was married to Seberg at the time.
Vaughn has been on a hot trajectory of late. He most recently starred in S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99, and has reteamed with Zahler on Dragged Across Concrete alongside Mel Gibson for Lionsgate which will be seen later this year. In 2016, Vaughn starred in Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge.
Against All Enemies has attracted top creative collaborators including Academy Award-nominated director of photography Rachel Morrison (Mudbound) and Academy Award-nominated costume designer Michael Wilkinson.
Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (Edge of Tomorrow 2) penned the script, and will serve as executive producers. They have just completed production work on Captain Marvel for Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and are currently adapting Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Blood in the Water for Amy Pascal and TriStar.
Vaughn is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Root is repped by Gersh and Brillstein. Beetz is repped by Gersh.
Phreaker Films is a finance and production entity providing debt and equity investments in film and television that was founded in 2018 by Ritchson and Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist Acton.
Bradley Pilz Productions recently produced Naomi Watts thriller The Wolf Hour; survival drama, 6 Below; and executive produced Margot Robbie bank thriller, Dreamland.
Against All Enemies will be presented by Phreaker Films and Ingenious Media, with Peter Touche serving as an exec producer for Ingenious.