Director James Marsh is riding quite a wave right now. His 2008 documentary “Man On Wire” drew critical raves and multiple awards including an Oscar for Best Documentary and he quickly followed that up with “1980,” the middle installment of the gritty “The Red Riding Trilogy” and now, a new project is in the the works.
Rebecca Hall and Guy Pearce are set to star in the spy pic “Shadow Dancers” based on the novel by Tom Bradby. The story, based on Bradby’s debut book which he also adapted for the big screen, follows “a young woman, a former IRA terrorist turned informer for Blighty’s MI5. Her brothers are both heavily involved with the IRA and her husband was killed by Brit security forces. But when she is arrested over an aborted bombing attempt in London, she is forced to reveal her past if she wishes to see her children again.” The material sounds great, and the script was a hot one, recently landing on the Brit List of best unproduced screenplays.
No word yet on when this will go in front of cameras but considering Hall is preparing for a three month stint starting in January at London’s West End theater where she will star in “Twelfth Night,” it won’t be shooting until that run is over. Regardless, the talent being assembled is already quite promising and we’re eager to see how this one turns out. [Variety/Unanimous Pictures]