Oscar nominees Josh Brolin and Maggie Gyllenhaal and “The Newsroom’s” Olivia Munn are in talks to join Luke Evans and David Oyelowo in the star-studded indie movie “Three Seconds,” TheWrap has learned.
Otto Bathurst (“Peaky Blinders”) is directing the film, which is based on the bestselling book by Swedish writers Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom that was adapted by Matt Cook and Rowan Joffe.
“Three Seconds” follows a man (Evans) who’s forced to go undercover in a prison as part of an FBI operation and must then escape on his own after he’s abandoned mid-mission.
Gyllenhaal will play the FBI agent who has a history with Evans’ character, while Brolin will play her supervisor. Rising star Munn will provide the film’s heart and soul as Evans’ wife and the mother of his child.
Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk is producing with Ollie Madden of Shine Pictures, while Erica Lee will serve as executive producer. Kevin Frakes and Raj Singh will finance under their PalmStar Media banner. CAA and WME are co-repping domestic rights, while Bloom is handling international sales.
“Three Seconds” marks a reunion between Brolin and Iwanyk, who recently worked together on Denis Villeneuve‘s “Sicario,” which received awards buzz out of Cannes. Brolin just wrapped the Coen brothers’ next movie “Hail, Caesar!” and will soon be seen in Universal’s “Everest,” which is also getting strong buzz in industry circles. He’s represented by CAA.
Gyllenhaal is coming off the critically acclaimed miniseries “The Honourable Woman.” She most recently starred opposite Michael Fassbender in “Frank.” She’s repped by WME and MGMT Entertainment.
Munn previously co-starred in “Magic Mike” and “Iron Man 2,” and her feature career is preparing to take off with turns in the upcoming sequels “Zoolander 2,” “Ride Along 2” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.” She’s represented by CAA and Atlas Artists.