LONDON — Brit thesp Michael Sheen has joined Samuel L. Jackson on the thriller “Unthinkable” and will also appear in Tim Burton’s re-imagining of classic children’s story “Alice in Wonderland.”
“Unthinkable,” helmed by Gregor Jordan (“The Informers”), looks at the ethics of torture after a terrorist threatening to detonate nuclear devices in the U.S. is questioned by a black-ops interrogator and an FBI agent (Carrie-Ann Moss).
Pic starts shooting this month.
Thesp will also have a role in “Alice in Wonderland,” in which Johnny Depp is playing the Mad Hatter.
Both pics are a change in direction for Sheen, who has made a name for himself playing real-life characters to critical acclaim.
Sheen stars as British TV personality David Frost in Ron Howard’s upcoming “Frost/Nixon.” He portrayed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in “The Deal” and “The Queen,” both of which were directed by Stephen Frears.
In “The Damned United” he plays legendary English soccer coach Brian Clough. Pic is in post-production.
Sheen may also reprise his role as Blair in Morgan’s “The Special Relationship,” an intimate look at the former prime minister’s relationships with U.S. presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.