Jesse Eisenberg, Adrien Brody and Riley Keough will star in Manodrome, a film written and to be directed by South African helmer John Trengrove, marking his English-language debut. Pic package will be presented to buyers and financiers during the Cannes virtual market just getting underway.
Felix Culpa’s Keough, Gina Gammell and Ryan Zacarias are producing with Ben Giladi’s Rainmaker Entertainment. CAA Media Finance is arranging the financing and represents the film’s domestic rights.
A nihilistic thriller, Manodrome tells the story of Ralphie (Eisenberg), an Uber driver and aspiring bodybuilder who is inducted into a libertarian masculinity cult and loses his grip on reality when his repressed desires are awakened.
Trengove’s Xhosa-language debut feature The Wound was shortlisted for an Academy Award and screened at numerous festivals including Sundance where it was featured in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, the Berlin Film Festival, Göteborg Film Festival, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. He is represented by CAA and Independent Talent Group.