Celluloid Dreams, the French film firm behind Steve Buscemi-fronted Lean On Pete, has teamed with Kassen’s Like Minded Entertainment and Monte Rosso Productions to co-finance the Las Vegas-set hustler drama.
The movie is set in sin city in 1968, where a pair of hustlers, Johnny, played by Kassen and Faye, played by Temple, rob the decaying Moonlight Casino. Faye double crosses Johnny and takes off with the money and is soon pursued by the oldest and deadliest assassin in town. Worse still, Faye meets Blanche, played by Headey, a friendly but crazy waitress, at a truck stop.
It is Keating’s latest feature following Psychopaths, Carnage Park and Darling. Iliana Nikolic, Mark Kassen and Alexander Kushaev will produce with Celluloid selling International and repping the U.S. sale. 30WEST and CAA arranged the financing. Shooting will commence in summer 2018.
“I couldn’t be prouder to be making another film with Mickey,” said Kassen. “What he’s been able to do in creating special, enigmatic and empowering female characters in genre films has really grown to another level of scope and ambition in Crooks”.
Celluloid Dreams President Hengameh Panahi added, “Crooks is a contemporary take on the heist genre: Mickey understands that audiences today are smart, selective and know cinema. His distinctive sharp style revitalizes iconic imagery in this tale of murder and madness infused by vintage songs. Crooks will be a fun ride.”
Temple is represented by Troika and UTA, Heady by Troika and CAA, and Kassen by CAA.