EXCLUSIVE: Frank Grillo, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp and Tyrese Gibson are set to join Naomie Harris in the Deon Taylor-directed cop thriller Black and Blue, which is set up under Sony’s Screen Gems label.
Written by Peter A. Dowling, the pic follows a rookie New Orleans cop (Harris) who rounds the corner just as corrupt narc officers are murdering a drug dealer, an event captured by her body cam. When they then fail to execute her and she escapes, the narcs pin the murder on her, and she is hunted both by the narcs who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage and the drug dealers out for revenge.
Sean Sorensen of Royal Viking Entertainment is producing with Taylor’s Hidden Empire Film Group production shingle. Hidden Empire partner Roxanne Avent will serve as exec producer, while Eric Paquette is overseeing the project for Screen Gems.
Grillo, whose credits include Captain America, The Purge franchise and Kingdom, is repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney Erik Hyman. Up next, Gillo stars in the brawl-thriller Donnybrook, opposite Jamie Bell, and Boss Level, an action sci-fi thriller also starring Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts.
Veep star Scott, who is set to reprise his role in the seventh and final season of the HBO comedy, appears opposite Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling in the film Late Night, which will premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival. He’s repped by Impression Entertainment, Gersh and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.
Knapp appeared in three films last year: Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake, in which he played the main villain opposite Bruce Willis; Annapurna’s Nicole Kidman starrer Destroyer; and Measure of a Man. Knapp, who also starred in the Netflix series Seven Seconds, is repped by CAA and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Gibson reunites with Sony Pictures after making his screen debut in John Singleton’s Baby Boy. The Fast & Furious star is repped by APA and Joanne Horowitz Management.