“The White King,” which is based on the book by Gyorgy Dragoman, follows Djata, a precocious 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s internment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by secret police officers and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family.
Pryce’s recent roles include Cardinal Wolsey in “Wolf Hall” and High Sparrow in “Game of Thrones.” He has won two Tonys — in 1977 for “Comedians” and in 1991 for “Miss Saigon.” His movie credits include “Brazil,” “Evita,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Scacchi won an Emmy playing Czarina Alexandra in “Rasputin.” Other screen credits include “White Mischief,” “The Player” and “Emma.” Upcoming projects include The Weinstein Company miniseries “War and Peace.”
Other cast in “The White King” include Fiona Shaw (“Tree of Life,” “Harry Potter”), Agyness Deyn (“Hail Caesar!”), Olafur Darri Olafsson (“True Detective,” Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG”), Clare-Hope Ashitey (“Children of Men,” “Jimi: All Is By My Side”) and newcomer Lorenzo Allchurch as Djata.
“The White King” is the feature debut of directors Alex Helfrecht and Jorg Tittel. Helfrecht received critical acclaim for the West End adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s “Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises.” Tittel’s graphic novel “Ricky Rouse Has a Gun” was one of Boston Globe’s books of the year in 2014.
Rene Richter (“180°”) is director of photography, with production design by Richard Bullock (“Frank,” “Fortitude”) and costumes by Sharon Long (“The Legend of Barney Thomson”).
The film is produced by Oiffy, in association with Yellow Knife and post-production partner Chimney Group. Philip Munger and Teun Hilte (“Miss Julie,” “Black Book”) are producing. Proton Cinema (“White God”) is acting as local service producer.
The film will shoot for seven weeks on location, including at a former air force base and along the banks of the Danube.