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Martin Scorsese and Weinstein Co. Team to Present Daniel Espinosa’s ‘Easy Money’

Martin Scorsese and Weinstein Co. Team to Present Daniel Espinosa's 'Easy Money'

The Weinstein Company and Martin Scorsese are partnering to present “Easy Money,” Daniel Espinosa’s 2010 Swedish crime thriller. The film will receive a release in New York July 11 and Los Angeles July 13.

Espinosa also directed “Safe House,” which starred Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington.

Based on Jens Lapidus’ novel “Snabba Cash” and set in the world of organized crime, “Easy Money” stars Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”), Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Dejan Čukić and Fares Fares. Lapidus and Maria Karlsson wrote the screenplay.

Here’s the logline:

“Easy Money” (the English translation of “Snabba Cash”) interweaves the stories of three key players related to a Swedish drug trafficking ring. Lower-class business student JW (Joel Kinnaman from AMC’s ‘The Killing’) falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm’s wealthy elite.  To keep up the façade of his lifestyle, he’s lured into a world of crime.  Jorge is a petty fugitive on the run from both the police and Serbian mafia.  He hopes that brokering a massive cocaine deal will allow him to escape for good.  Mafia enforcer Mrado is on the hunt for Jorge, but his efforts are complicated when he’s unexpectedly saddled with caring for his young daughter. As JW’s journey ventures deeper into the dark world of organized crime, the fate of all three men becomes entangled and ends with a dramatic struggle for life and death.

“I was deeply impressed by Daniel Espinosa’s ‘Easy Money’ – by the harsh, elemental style, which reflects the milieu and the lives of the characters; by the powerful sense of fate, of well-meaning people who take one wrong turn and end up paying a terrible price; by the frightening and surprising evolution of the hero,” said Scorsese. “‘Easy Money’ is a tough story and a film to be reckoned with.”

“Easy Money” was published in the U.S. last month by Random House’s Pantheon. Espinosa is currently developing “The Outsider” with Warner Bros.

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