EXCLUSIVE: Jai Courtney has been cast opposite Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson in Felony, which centers on a decorated cop (Edgerton) who runs a cyclist off the road after drinking with his buddies to celebrate a major gang bust. His split-second decision to lie about the incident changes everyone’s lives forever. Courtney will play a fresh-faced police detective who suspects Edgerton’s character is lying and gradually builds a criminal case against him. Matthew Seville (Noise) is directing a script by Edgerton. The Solution Entertainment Group is producing. Courtney next appears as a bad guy in Paramount’s Jack Reacher opposite Tom Cruise and plays Bruce Willis’ son in A Good Day To Die Hard. He is repped by UTA, The Collective, and in Australia by Mark Morrissey and Associates.
Tom Wilkinson has been set to star in Felony, joining Joel Edgerton in the thriller from The Solution Entertainment Group. Noise helmer Matthew Saville will direct Edgerton’s script. Solution partners Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are funding and will be exec producers. Rosemary Blight and Edgerton are producing. Project is being shopped by CAA here at Toronto.
Driving home after a celebration drink with his team after cracking a major gang, a decorated cop (Edgerton) runs a cyclist off the road and lies about it. Wilkinson, who just got set for Belle, will play the lead investigator who arrives on the scene and investigates the accident. “Tom Wilkinson is one of the most versatile actors around who inhabits every character he plays with an incredible energy and credibility,” said Wilson.
Wilkinson is coming off The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He’s repped by Principal Entertainment and Lou Colson.
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney
Hugo Weaving and Don Hany will star in Healing, an Australian drama about a sympathetic prison warden and his efforts to rehabilitate an Iranian-born prisoner, one of four features agency Screen Australia agreed to co-finance at its board meeting today. The other films that secured Screen Australia investment are Aim High in Creation, a hybrid documentary-drama celebrating “the cinematic genius” of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, from writer/director Anna Broinowski and producer Lizzette Atkins; and the previously announced The Rover, a futuristic Western from Animal Kingdom writer/director David Michôd, starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce; and Felony, which will star Joel Edgerton as a decorated cop who knocks down a young cyclist while driving home after celebrating a drug bust, scripted by Edgerton and directed by Mathew Saville.