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James McAvoy Joins Wim Wenders’ Romantic Thriller ‘Submergence’

James McAvoy Joins Wim Wenders’ Romantic Thriller ‘Submergence’

Wim Wenders has always worked consistently, but he seems to be on a particularly prolific streak of late. This year alone has seen two of his pictures hit cinemas —his acclaimed Oscar nominated documentary “The Salt Of The Earth,” and his far less acclaimed 3D drama “Every Thing Will Be Fine.” He’s already in post-production on his next film “The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez,” and he’s got a new picture cooking.

READ MORE: The Essentials: The 10 Best Wim Wenders Films 

Variety reports that James McAvoy will star in Wenders’ “Submergence.” Based on the best-selling book by J.M. Ledgard and with a script by Erin Dignam (“The Yellow Handkerchief“), the story concerns the love sustained by a couple who are separated by distance and in extreme circumstances. Here’s the book synopsis: 

In a room with no windows on the coast of Africa, an Englishman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Posing as a water expert to report on al-Qaeda activity in the area, he now faces extreme privation, mock executions, and forced marches through the arid badlands of Somalia. Thousands of miles away on the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders, a biomathematician, half-French, half-Australian, prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. She is obsessed with the life that multiplies in the darkness of the lowest strata of water.
Both are drawn back to the previous Christmas, and to a French hotel on the Atlantic coast, where a chance encounter on the beach led to an intense and enduring romance. For James, his mind escapes to utopias both imagined and remembered. Danny is drawn back to beginnings: to mythical and scientific origins, and to her own. It is to each other and to the ocean that they most frequently return: magnetic and otherworldly, a comfort and a threat.

Production on the movie will begin in March.

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