Alfred Molina will star in “The Company,” the six-hour TNT miniseries adaptation of Robert Littell’s Cold War thriller.
But first Molina will take the lead in “The Little Traitor,” an adaptation of an Amos Oz book that is a rare U.S./Israeli co-production.
In “The Company,” Molina will play a character called the Sorcerer, who develops many of the techniques that formed the template of the CIA. Mini also stars Chris O’Donnell, with Michael Keaton and Tom Hollander circling the project.
Mikael Salomon is directing the teleplay by Ken Nolan. Ridley and Tony Scott exec produce with John Calley and Cary Brokaw.
Molina, who’s coming off “The Da Vinci Code,” will spend the summer starring in “The Little Traitor,” an adaptation of novel “The Panther in the Basement,” by the Nobel Prize-winning Israeli author.
Set just before the British ceded control of what would become Israel in 1948, the drama casts Molina as a kind British soldier who befriends a 12-year-old, who must rethink his vehement anti-British sentiment and deal with his pals calling him a traitor.
Film is independently financed, and Lynn Roth will direct her script. Pic shoots in Israel in July.
Molina will next be seen in “The Hoax,” which Miramax opens Nov. 17, and the Kenneth Branagh-directed “As You Like It” for HBO. He takes the New York stage in January in the central role in Patrick Marber’s “Howard Katz.”