Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley, as well as Felicity Jones, have signed on to join Nicholas Hoult in Silver Pictures’ action-thriller “Autobahn,” it was announced Thursday by Joel Silver and Stuart Ford, CEO of financier IM Global.
Production starts Monday on the film, which has received additional financing from Sycamore Pictures and DMG Entertainment.
Eran Creevy (“Welcome To the Punch”) is directing from a script by F. Scott Frazier.
In “Autobahn,” a young American couple played by Hoult and Jones are plunged into an adrenaline-pumping game of cat-and-mouse across Germany when they find themselves caught between two ruthless criminals, played by Hopkins and Kingsley.
Silver will produce through his Silver Pictures banner along with Ben Pugh of 42 (“Welcome to the Punch”), Brian Kavanaugh Jones of Automatik (“Insidious”).
Silver Pictures’ Steve Richards and Aaron Auch are executive producing with Ford and Matt Jackson of IM Global. Additional executive producers include DMG’s Dan Mintz, Wu Bing, and Peter Xiao, as well as DMG’s LA-based Motion Picture Group president Chris Fenton and producing partner Chris Cowles, along with Sycamore’s Tom Rice and Ben Nearn (“The Way, Way Back”).
“When I first read F. Scott Frazier’s script for ‘Autobahn,’ I knew it had the makings of a great action movie. It’s a gritty, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride through Europe with an incredible cast,” said Silver.
“We are firm believers in Eran Creevy as one of Europe’s most talented young directors and it’s exciting to have assembled such a great pool of both up and coming and illustrious talent,” added Ford.
The feature shoots entirely in Germany and has subsidies from DFFF, the German Federal Film Fund (Deutsche Filmförderfonds) and NRW, the North Rhine-Westphalia funding entity (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW).
DMG Entertainment developed “Autobahn” and the film joins “Point Break” on DMG’s upcoming slate of international films.
Hoult next appears in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” while Jones can be seen in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Hopkins currently co-stars in “Noah” and will soon be seen in the serial killer thriller “Solace.” Kingsley will be seen later this year in Ridley Scott‘s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Night at the Museum 3.”