Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, LOOPER) has been cast in action thriller 7500, from acclaimed filmmaker Patrick Vollrath, who wrote the film and will direct.
FilmNation Entertainment announced that it has acquired international distribution rights and Endeavor Content is selling North American rights to the highly anticipated film which began principal photography on October 31, 2017.
Shooting takes place at MMC Studios in Cologne (Germany) and on location in Monchengladbach (Germany) and Vienna (Austria).
7500 will be Vollrath’s full-length feature debut following his Academy Award® nominated short, EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. The film is being produced by Jonas Katzenstein and Maximilian Leo of augenschein Filmproduktion.
7500 is a high-flying drama set at 30,000 feet. This striking portrait of an airline hijacking brings the horror of modern terrorism to life like never before. Here, every moment is a matter of life and death. Human frailty collides with the desperate fear of the unknown to undermine both hijacker and pilot, and allegiances can change in a heartbeat.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star as co-pilot Tobias Ellis. Gordon-Levitt will replace Paul Dano, who could not continue in the role due to scheduling conflicts.
Novotny & Novotny’s Franz Novotny and Alexander Glehr, who produced the award-winning feature EGON SCHIELE: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, will co-produce the film. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lindsay Williams of The Gotham Group will executive produce.
Patrick Vollrath stated, “Joseph is one of the most exciting actors on the screen today, and we can’t wait to work with him and see what magic he brings to this complex role.”
Producer Jonas Katzenstein stated “Joseph’s proven ability to play multifaceted characters will truly bring something special to the role of Tobias” and Producer Maximilian Leo added ”We are beyond excited that he will join an innovative filmmaker such as Patrick on this incredible thriller.”
Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment stated, “As one of the great actors of his generation, Joseph Gordon-Levitt brings a whole new dimension to this character. We are thrilled to work with him as well as Patrick, who provides a fresh and exciting new voice to the project. We are certain that audiences will be just as taken with 7500 as we are.”
Patrick Vollrath participated in the Cannes Young Lions Competition and the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2013. He studied directing in Vienna under the mentorship of Academy Award Winner Michael Haneke. Vollrath went on to win several national and international prizes for his work, and his short film EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY premiered in the Semaine de la Critique in 2015, which went on to be nominated for an Oscar® in the Live Action Short Category (2016).
Joseph Gordon-Levitt most recently starred in Oliver Stone’s SNOWDEN, in which he played Edward Snowden, the American who fled to Russia after leaking classified CIA documents. Among his other projects, he is in development on a variety of feature films including FRAGGLE ROCK at New Regency, IN SIGHT at Universal with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and K TROOP at Amazon Films. He is next set to direct and star in WINGMEN, a comedy musical with Channing Tatum.
Founded in Cologne, Germany in 2008 by Maximilian Leo and Jonas Katzenstein, augenschein Filmproduktion has produced over 20 award-winning films, with a focus on director driven projects that cross over to international audiences. Their last releases include ANA, MON AMOUR (Călin Peter Netzer) which was awarded the Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlinale, HUNTING SEASON (Natalia Garagiola), winner of the 2017 Venice Critic’s Week Prize, MY HAPPY FAMILY (Nana and Simon), which had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and LOS PERROS (Marcela Said) which premiered in the 2017 Cannes Cannes Critic’s week. Currently, augenschein is developing HOME, the directorial debut of award-winning actress Franka Potente and Patrick Vollrath’s next movie NO MAN OF GOD about the last days of serial killer Ted Bundy, written by C. Robert Cargill, on which the two producers team up with SpectreVision.
Patrick Vollrath is represented by Gotham Group (USA) and Schlag Agency (Germany).
Joeph Gordon-Levitt is represented by WME and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer.
7500 was written and will be directed by Patrick Vollrath based on the story by Vollrath and Senad Halilbasic and is being produced by augenschein Filmproduktion in co-production with Novotny & Novotny, SWR, BR and ARTE.
It is funded with the support of Film and Medienstiftung NRW, DFFF, BKM, FFA, MFG, FFHSH as well as ÖFI, Filmfonds Vienna and FISA.
Universum will distribute the film in Germany.
Source: FilmNation Entertainment