Cannes: Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal Join Prison Drama ‘Shot Caller’

Lake Bell, Omari Hardwick and Jon Bernthal have joined “Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Ric Roman Waugh’s prison thriller “Shot Caller.”

Benjamin Bratt, Emory Cohen, Juan Pablo Raba, Evan Jones and Jeffrey Donovan have also come on board. Shooting begins May 26 in New Mexico.

Sierra/Affinity sold “Shot Caller” at Cannes to Constantin for German-speaking Europe, Entertainment One for the U.K., Notorious Pictures for Italy, Sun  Distribution for Latin America and VVS for Canada. Relativity came on board last month for U.S. rights.

Coster-Waldau will play the lead in the film, which follows a gangster recently released from prison and forced to orchestrate a major crime on the streets of Southern California. Waugh, who broke into the business as a stuntman, went undercover as a volunteer parole agent in California to research prison gangs for his script.

Bold Films’ Michel Litvak and Matthew Rhodes will produce with Waugh and Participant Media’s Jonathan King, who developed the project. Bold’s Gary Michael Walters will exec produce with Participant topper Jeff Skoll.

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