Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, Sienna Miller and Taylor Kitsch have joined the cast of STXFilms’ upcoming action thriller “17 Bridges,” starring Chadwick Boseman.
“17 Bridges” stars Boseman as a disgraced NYPD detective who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy.
As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 17 bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the island.
The studio, a division of STX Entertainment, did not specify what roles Simmons, Miller or Kitsch will play.
Brian Kirk (“Luther”) is directing “17 Bridges” from a screenplay written by Adam Mervis, though Matt Carnahan was brought in to make revisions to the script.
The film also adds MWM Studios as producers, alongside Boseman, Logan Coles and Joe and Anthony Russo. MWM co-founder Gigi Pritzker (“Hell or High Water”) will serve as a producer for the studio, while Rachel Shane (“Genius”) and Adrian Alperovich will serve as executive producers on behalf of MWM Studios. Melissa Rucker will also serve as a co-producer for MWM Studios.
MWM Studios is the film and TV division of MWM (Madison Wells Media) behind critically acclaimed projects such as the National Geographic series “Genius” and “Hell or High Water.”
Mike Larocca (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) will executive produce the film under the AGBO banner.
STXFilms is making it a point to get into the big-screen action film game. In addition to “17 Bridges,” the studio has what it hopes will be a new franchise in “Muscle,” for Vin Diesel, and Dave Bautista action-comedy called “My Spy,” which will also be produced by MWM Studios.
STX Films also has two Jason Statham projects: an untitled coproduction with Tencent Pictures and “Killer’s Game.”
And then there’s “Steel Soldiers,” the Robert Zemeckis produced sci-fi action feature co-produced with Alibaba Pictures.
STXfilms’ senior vice president of production Drew Simon and director of development Kate Vorhoff will oversee the production of “17 Bridges” on behalf of the studio.
Simmons is currently staring in the Starz TV series “Counterpart” and Jason Reitman’s upcoming political drama “The Front Runner.” Simmons is represented by Gersh.
Miller is repped by WME and United Agents in the U.K. and will next star in the indie thriller “American Woman.”
Kitsch was most recently in the six-part event series “Waco” and is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.