Filming is underway in New Orleans on David Gordon Green‘s feature adaptation of the 2005 political campaign doc of the same name.
In her first live-action feature film appearance since “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock plays retired political consultant “Calamity” Jane Bodine. She’s pulled back into the game by a team of Americans tasked with getting an unpopular Bolivian president reelected. The campaign gets chaotic when Billy Bob Thornton shows up as the opposition — and, as we learn, he’s also Jane’s worst enemy.
The film’s top drawer cast includes Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Scoot McNairy (“Gone Girl,” “Argo”), Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”), Ann Dowd (“Side Effects,” HBO’s “The Leftovers”), Reynaldo Pacheco (“Beginners”), Dominic Flores (“Rampart”), Louis Arcella (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Octavio Gómez Berríos (“Che: Part One”) and Joaquim de Almeida (“Fast Five”).
Green, who has deftly carried projects both indie (“George Washington,” “Prince Avalanche” and “Joe”) and mainstream (“Pineapple Express”) to success, directs a screenplay from Oscar nominee Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), who based his script on Rachel Boynton‘s doc outlining the real-life 2002 Bolivian presidential election.
The film is being produced by Oscar-winning Smokehouse Pictures’ principals George Clooney and Grant Heslov (“Argo”), with Bullock, Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Stuart Besser serving as executive producers. Participant Media is a co-financihorn,”), as well as costume designer Jenny Eagan (“Now You See Me”).
“Our Brand is Crisis” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, with a release date forthcoming.