Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson Head For ‘Brooklyn Bridge’; Revolver Takes ‘Bhopal’ Disaster Drama

Ben Kingsley and Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson are joining Daniel Radcliffe in Killer Films’ Brooklyn Bridge. The Douglas McGrath-helmed drama is inspired by the true story of Washington Roebling, the civil engineer responsible for overseeing the construction of the iconic NYC bridge. Kingsley will play Roebling’s father, the original designer whose passing leaves Washington in charge of the mammoth project. Larson will play Emily, his charming and shrewd wife. McGrath wrote and directed the project which Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and Rose Ganguzza are producing. A spring shoot has been set. Kingsley is repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group in the UK, and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder. Larson is repped by the Gersh Agency and Authentic Talent.

BhopalRevolver Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the Martin Sheen starrer Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain, the GFM Films, Sahara Movie Studios, and Rising Star Entertainment film set against the backdrop of the devastating 1984 Bhopal tragedy in India. More than 10,000 people died in what’s known as the world’s biggest industrial disaster when the Union Carbide India Limited pesticide plant overheated and released poisonous toxins into the air. Sheen stars alongside Kal Penn and Mischa Barton in a story about those living in Bhopal through the tragedy and its unresolved aftermath. The distributor has set a November 7 theatrical release preceded by a special September 18 screening at the United Nations, timed ahead of the 30th anniversary of the disaster. Said Ravi Walia of Rising Star Entertainment, “It is our endeavor at Rising Star Entertainment to tell stories that go beyond the call of the box office, and we sincerely hope that this film will inspire greater corporate social responsibility and empower individuals to act on compelling issues that drive our society.”

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