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Jason Clarke to Star Opposite Helen Mirren in Thriller ‘Winchester’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Jason Clarke is in negotiations to star opposite Helen Mirren in the CBS Films thriller “Winchester.”

Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig are directing the film from their screenplay with Tom Vaughan. The movie is produced by Blacklab Entertainment’s Tim McGahan and Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin.

The film follows firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Mirren), who’s convinced that she’s haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she throws herself into the construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price (Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all.

Jason Clarke is an extremely talented actor and we look forward to seeing him face off against Dame Helen Mirren as well as any vengeful spirits that might be lurking about the ‘Winchester’ house,” Spierigs said.

The pic is being financed by Bullitt Entertainment, Diamond Pictures, and Blacklab Entertainment, and has secured Screen Australia production investment, with assistance from Film Victoria’s Production Incentive Attraction Fund and production investment from Screen Queensland. Diamond Pictures is handling international sales. Bullitt’s Benedict Carver, Diamond’s Daniel Diamond, and Tobin Armbrust are executive producing. Andy Trapani, Toni Lianos, Brian Gilbert, Marc Shipper, and Simon Oakes will also serve as executive producers.

Clarke had a busy 2015 with starring roles in the disaster drama “Everest” and the sci-fi actioner “Terminator Genisys,” and can be seen next in the World War II thriller “HHhH” as well as the drama “All I See Is You” opposite Blake Lively, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

He recently shot the period movie “Mudbound” with Carey Mulligan and is about to topline “Chappaquiddick” as Sen. Ted Kennedy.

He is repped by WME, Robert Stein Management, and attorney Carlos Goodman.

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