YouTube has laid down a stack of cash for Maryam Keshavarz’s “Vulture Club,” an indie feature film starring Susan Sarandon. The Google-owned video service is planning for a theatrical release for the film in 2018, which would make it eligible for Academy Awards Consideration. Sometime after its theatrical release, the film will be pushed to the YouTube Red SVOD service.
Directed by Keshavarz (“Circumstance”) and co-written with Jonathan Mastro, the picture follows a veteran emergency room nurse, played by Susan Sarandon, as she goes above and beyond to free her son, a war correspondent who’s been captured by a terrorist group.
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YouTube has already completed principal photography on the movie, which is produced by Anna Gerb, Neal Dodson, and J.C. Chandor under the CounterNarrative banner, and co-stars Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”) and Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart”).
“It’s an honor to work with Susan Sarandon, Edie Falco and Matt Bomer who are the incredible talents and an innovator like YouTube to tell this timely story,” Keshavarz said in a statement.
“This emotional drama grapples with relevant issues journalists around the world face today. Maryam Keshavarz lends her powerful perspective as an Iranian-American filmmaker, and Susan Sarandon’s moving performance immediately drew us into this compelling film,” added Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original content.