Mideast-set thriller to be helmed by Ruba Nadda

Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson are joining Alexander Siddig as the leads in the indie thriller “Inescapable.”

Film will be directed by “Cairo Time” writer-director Ruba Nadda, who also wrote the script. It will be produced by Daniel Iron (“Edwin Boyd,” “Cairo Time”) with Lance Samuels (“The Bang Bang Club”).

Christine Vachon of Killer Films, Kirk D’Amico of Myriad Pictures and Mark Slone of Alliance Films are executive producers. Alliance Films will also distribute “Inescapable” in Canada.

Project is the story of a Syrian expatriate (Siddig) whose journalist daughter goes missing in Damascus. He must return to his homeland to find her despite the risks and calls on a former love (Tomei) to help him. An embassy official (Jackson) is at first helpful but may have an agenda of his own.

Nadda, a Canadian born to Arabic parents, directed 17 feature-length and short films including romancer “Cairo Time,” starring Patricia Clarkson and Siddig, which won Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto Intl. Film festival. Iron also produced “Cairo Time.”

Myriad Pictures will sell the worldwide rights. “Ruba’s background and knowledge of Syria, alongside this compelling and emotionally-charged story, should provide audiences with a unique view into an unstable and dangerous place that we only seem to know about from news headlines,” D’Amico said.

The financing for “Inescapable” is provided by Telefilm Canada, OMDC, the Harold Greenberg Fund, DTI and the National Bank of Canada.

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