Schumacher thriller stars Cage, Kidman

BERLIN — Swiss distrib Ascot Elite has acquired all German-speaking rights to Joel Schumacher’s upcoming thriller “Trespass,” starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman.

The NuImage/Millennium title, which is due to begin production next week in Louisiana, centers on a husband and wife taken hostage by four brutal kidnappers seeking easy cash. Complications ensue amid the unexpected discovery of betrayal and deception.

Ascot also picked up Michael Winnick’s “Guns Girls and Gambling,” starring Gary Oldman and Christian Slater. Produced by Bob Yari, the pic involves the search for a priceless American Indian artifact stolen during a poker game at an Indian casino. Sam Trammell (“True Blood”) and Dane Cook also star.

CEO Ralph Dietrich: “We are always looking for unique projects. ‘Trespass’ and ‘Guns, Girls and Gambling’ are definitely two of those.”

Ascot Elite recently launched its new German theatrical arm Ascot Elite Filmverleih, which will release its first title, Rodrigo Cortes’ “Buried,” starring Ryan Reynolds, this fall.

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