Can Susan Sarandon, Matt Bomer, and Edie Falco do what the U.S. Government cannot? OK, that answer seems obvious, given the trio’s long-running history of humanitarian acts, but the real question posed in “Viper Club” is whether or not their characters can rescue a kidnapped reporter after American officials say there’s nothing to be done.
Iranian-American filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz’s upcoming drama is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, co-written by Keshavarz and Jonathan Mastro, and co-starring Lola Kirke, Julian Morris, Sheila Vand, and Adepero Oduye.
In “Viper Club, Helen (Sarandon) is an E.R. nurse whose son is kidnapped while reporting overseas. Given no assistance by her government — or reason to believe in them — the single mother embarks on a personal crusade to save him. Soon, she learns of an informal network of international journalists, Middle Eastern operatves, and well-meaning members of the 1 percent who might be able to help her. Still, Helen has to raise $20 million in ransom money, and even with the assistance of a bearded Matt Bomer and wine-swilling Edie Falco — bless her — that’s no easy task.
The film parallels stories like the one found in Lawrence Wright’s 2015 New Yorker article, where media executive David Bradley tried to help families save hostages taken by ISIS.
“Viper Club” is set to premiere at TIFF this week (Monday, September 10) and is set to hit theaters in the fall, but it will also be added to YouTube’s Premium channel in 2019.
“The Viper Club” hits select theaters October 26. Watch the trailer below.