Mattson Tomlin’s script for “Boy,” which was named to the 2015 Black List, centers on a teenage boy who is born with special abilities and spends his childhood switching names and cities to keep his identity hidden. When his conservative, suburban neighborhood discovers the risk he poses and blames him for a mass, tragic event, he and his mother must flee from the authorities who are looking to destroy him and seek the trust and support of an underground rebellion group.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Ben Pugh and Leon Clarance are producing. The trio worked together on “The Titan,” starring Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling and Tom Wilkinson. Kavanaugh-Jones and Clarance also produced “Come and Find Me,” starring Aaron Paul and Annabelle Wallis. Kavanaugh-Jones and Pugh produced “San Castle,” starring Nicholas Hoult and Henry Cavill, and “Collide,” staring Hoult, Felicity Jones and Ben Kingsley.
Clarance’s Motion Picture Capital will finance “Boy,” which will begin shooting in August. Executive producers include Arash Amel, Rory Aitken, Rian Cahill and Laure Vaysse.
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Arnby made his directorial debut on the Danish horror drama “When Animals Dream,” which premiered at Cannes in 2014 and starred Sonia Suhl as a teenager who discovers that she is transforming into a werewolf.
Rapace is best known for starring in “Prometheus” and “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows” along with the Swedish film adaptations of the Millennium series: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.”