Oscar Isaac ("The Bourne Legacy," "Drive") and Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Lawless") are set for the lead roles in William Monahan's thriller "Mojave," from the director's original screenplay. Monahan is best known for his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar win for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed."
Monahan will be collaborating with Scorsese again, having recently finished the script for "The Gambler" at Paramount. Also in the pipeline is the screenplay for Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." "Mojave" is Monahan's second directorial gig, following 2010's under-the-radar Keira Knightley-Colin Farrell thriller "London Boulevard."
Both Isaac and Clarke are on the rise.
Brit American Isaac recently wrapped "Therese Racquin" opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange, as well as the Coen brothers' mysterious folk music film "Inside Llewyn Davis," which looks like it's heading for Cannes. Aussie Clarke's part opposite Tom Hardy was trimmed in "Lawless"; his breakout role is his CIA agent in Kathryn Bigelow's current Oscar contender "Zero Dark Thirty"; we'll have to wait for Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "The Great Gatsby." He plays Abraham Lincoln's father in "The Green Blade Rises," about Lincoln's formative years, and just finished shooting Roland Emmerich's Channing Tatum-starrer "White House Down."
"Mojave" is production company Atlas Independent's fourth feature.