Neil Jordan sets up financing for drama
Director Neil Jordan has set financing and cast for “Ondine,” which begins shooting mid-July in West Cork, Ireland.Jordan has tapped newcomer Alicja Bachleda to play the title character, alongside Colin Farrell. After being shopped at Cannes, “Ondine” has secured its financing, predominantly by Gotham-based financier/producer Wayfare Entertainment, in association with RTE, Irish Film Board and Section 481 Investment (a local Irish tax incentive). Wayfare Entertainment’s Ben Browning will produce with Jordan and Octagon Films’ James Flynn. Scripted by Jordan, “Ondine” tells the story of a fisherman in southwest Ireland who hauls up a live girl in his nets. Ondine is a mythological sea nymph, and theories about the girl’s origins blossom as she transforms the lives of the fisherman and local townsfolk. Farrell, last seen in “In Bruges,” will play the fisherman. Mexican-born and raised in Poland, Bachleda starred in the Marco Kreuzpaintner-directed Jose Rivera-scripted 2007 sex trafficking drama “Trade,” based on the Peter Landesman investigative article. Wayfare managing partners Peter Rawlinson and Michael Maher will be executive producers along with Ned Dowd.