Tilda Swinton to co-star in political thriller

Roman Polanski has set Nicolas Cage, Tilda Swinton and Pierce Brosnan for his next film, “The Ghost,” an adaptation of the Robert Harris political thriller.

Production begins in September in Europe.

Cage will play a ghostwriter hired abruptly to finish the memoirs of an ex-British prime minister after the first scribe turned up dead. The ghostwriter’s research leads him to uncover skeletons in the pol’s closet that put the writer’s life in danger.

Swinton will play the wife of the former prime minister (Brosnan). Her marriage is crumbling, and she falls for the writer.

Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde are producing. Polanski and Harris teamed to write the script.

Summit is selling worldwide rights; domestic distribution hasn’t yet been determined.

Polanski set his sights on the drama last year (Daily Variety, Nov. 7), after he fell out of the $100 million epic “Pompeii,” also an adaptation of a Harris book.

Cage will star in a remake of “Bad Lieutenant” lensing in late summer. Swinton has been shooting the indie “I Am Love,” while Brosnan, who’ll next be seen in Universal’s “Mamma Mia!,” stars with Susan Sarandon in the Shana Feste-directed “The Greatest,” which his Irish DreamTime is producing.

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