Vikander, Thwaites, Koman join McGregor on heist thriller

LONDON

Rising young actors Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites plus Jacek Koman are set to star alongside Ewan McGregor in helmer-scribe Julius Avery’s previously announced heist thriller “Son of a Gun” (Variety, Oct. 12).

The Australian crime thriller from Southern Light Films and WBMC will lense in Perth and Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and Melbourne this month.

Oz actor Thwaites, who recently finished lensing Disney’s “Maleficent” in the U.K., will play the young protégé to McGregor’s master criminal, who is Australia’s public enemy No. 1. “Son of a Gun” revolves around the complex relationship between the pair.

Swedish actress Vikander is nommed for a Rising Star Award at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, following break-out roles in Nikolaj Arcel’s Oscar-nominated “A Royal Affair” and Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” in 2012. She will next be seen alongside Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges in Warner Bros.’ “The Seventh Son.”

Koman, who plays a crime boss in the film, appears in Jane Campion’s detective skein “Top of the Lake,” which will play in the Berlinale Special at the Berlin Film Festival. He will next be seen in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby.”

Timothy White will produce for Southern Light with WBMC’s Janelle Landers as co-producer. The film received funding from Oz’s Screen Australia, ScreenWest and Screen NSW.

Altitude Film Sales handles international sales with UTA Independent Film Group handling the sale of North American rights. Hopscotch eOne will distrib in Oz and New Zealand.

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