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AFM: Dustin Hoffman to Star in Indie Drama ‘Boychoir’

dustin-hoffman-boychoirDustin Hoffman is putting on the choir robes, coming on board to star in the indie drama “Boychoir” with Alfred Molina and Kathy Bates.

Embankment Films is handling international sales and will introduce the film to international distributors at the American Film Market.

The film is being financed and produced by Informant Media. Producers are Informant Media’s Judy Cairo (“Crazy Heart”), Carol Baum and Jane Goldenring.

Francois Girard (“The Red Violin”) will direct from a screenplay by “Source Code” writer Ben Ripley. Lensing is set to start in February in Connecticut and New York.

The story centers on a troubled and angry 11-year-old from the wrong side of the tracks who finds himself at an East Coast school, where he engages in a battle of wills with a demanding choir master, played by Hoffman, who recognizes a unique talent in the boy. Molina will play a teacher at the school, and Bates will portray the school’s headmistress.

Producers said they are searching worldwide to cast the boy singer. Singers from the American Boychoir School will be featured in the production.

“These boys’ voices soar with this rare, unearthly ability for only a few years of their young lives, then their voices transform, a gift seemingly lost,” Girard said. “But what they experience in that brief time shapes them forever.”

Executive producers are Informant Media’s Michael A. Simpson and Eric Brenner along with Ripley.

Hoffman recently made his directorial debut with “Quartet” and wrapped production on Jon Favreau’s “Chef.” He is also  scheduled to star opposite Judi Dench in the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Esio Trot.”

Informant is also in production on “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken,” starring Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten and Anthony Hopkins. The film is also repped for sales at AFM by Embankment.

Hoffman is represented by WME. Molina is represented by WME and Hyler Management. Bates is represented by ICM Partners. Girard is repped by Cassaroto, Ramsey & Associates. Ripley is represented by the Gersh Agency and Mosaic. Informant Media is represented by attorney Elsa Ramo at Ramo Law. Baum and Goldenring are represented by Gersh.

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Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington & Ryan Kwanten Join Anthony Hopkins In ‘Kidnapping Freddy Heineken’

anthony-hopkins__131008225326Anthony Hopkins leads the cast of Informant Media’s Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, about the 1983 kidnapping of the Dutch beer heir and his chauffeur, Ab Doderer. The famous crime resulted in what was at the time the largest ransom ever paid for an individual at 35 million Dutch guldens, or roughly $50 million today. Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, and Ryan Kwanten have also come aboard with Netherlands actor Mark van Eeuwen and Australian newcomer Tom Cocquerel rounding out the cast. Millennium Trilogy helmer Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played With Fire & The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest) is directing from a script by William Brookfield, based on Dutch crime journalist Peter R. de Vries’ bestseller about the Heineken caper. Filming begins late this month in Belgium before heading to Amsterdam and New Orleans.

Informant Media, Global Film Partners, Three Point Capital, uFilm and the National Bank of Canada are backing the pic. Informant’s Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson are producing with Howard Meltzer under the Informant Europe banner. Informant’s Eric Brenner is exec producing alongside Darrel Casalino, Sam Solakyan, Grant Guthrie, and Sandra Siegal. European Film Company’s Guirec van Slingelandt is co-producing alongside John Papsidera, who is also casting the pic. uFilm is co-producing in Belgium. Hopkins is repped by UTA and Rick Nicita. Sturgess is repped by CAA. Worthington is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Kwanten is repped by CAA and Orly Adelson Productions. Alfredson is repped by WME. Brookfield is repped by UK-based United Agents. Van Eeuwen is repped by Netherlands-based Montecatini Talent Agency.

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Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten Joining ‘Freddy Heineken’

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Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten have joined Anthony Hopkins in action-thriller “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken.”

Swedish director Daniel Alfredson, who helmed “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” will begin shooting in late October in Belgium, followed by lensing in Amsterdam and New Orleans.

Netherlands actor Mark van Eeuwen has also come on board. Variety reported on Sept. 17 that Australian newcomer Tom Cocquerel had joined Hopkins in the cast.

Producers are Informant Media partners Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson along with Howard Meltzer under the Informant Europe banner. Informant partner Eric Brenner is executive producer along with Darrel Casalino, Sam Solakyan, Grant Guthrie and Sandra Siegal.

Financing comes from Informant Media, Global Film Partners, Three Point Capital, uFilm and the National Bank of Canada. Embankment Films is handling international pre-sales and distribution.

The film chronicles the 1983 kidnapping of Dutch beer magnate Freddy Heineken and his driver Ab Doderer. The two were released after payment of a record ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders — currently equivalent to $50 million. The kidnappers were eventually caught.

The screenplay, written by U.K.-based William Brookfield (“Rough Magic”), is based on Peter R. de Vries’ book, which has been on top of the Netherlands bestsellers list for more than two decades.

Informant Media’s productions include “Crazy Heart,” “Hysteria,” “Erased” and “Stuck in Love.”

Hopkins is represented by UTA and manager Rick Nicita. Sturgess is repped by CAA. Worthington is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Kwanten is repped by CAA and Orly Adelson Productions.

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Anthony Hopkins to Star in Thriller 'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken'

Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington and Ryan Kwanten also have joined the project, to be directed by Daniel Alfredson.

Hitchcock - UK Premiere - Red Carpet ArrivalsAnthony Hopkins will play Dutch businessman Alfred “Freddy” Heineken in the new thriller Kidnapping Freddy Heineken. The grandson of the founder of the Heineken brewery and his driver were kidnapped in 1983 and released only after a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders was paid, the largest ransom ever paid at the time.

Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Dutch actor Mark van Eeuwen and Australian newcomer Tom Cocquerel round out the cast.

Daniel Alfredson — who directed the original 2009 Swedish film version of The Girl Who Played With Fire and its sequel, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest — will direct from a screenplay by William Brookfield based on a book about the case by Peter R. de Vries.

The film, which begins principal photography in late October in Belgium and then moves to Amsterdam and New Orleans, is being produced by Informant Media partners Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson and by Howard Meltzer under the Informant Europe banner. Informant partner Eric Brenner is executive producer.

Additional executive producers include Darrel Casalino, Sam Solakyan, Grant Guthrie and Sandra Siegal. John Papsidera is a co-producer, along with Guirec van Slingelandt, who is co-producing for Netherlands-based European Film Company. Coproducing in Belgium is uFilm.

Financing is being provided by Informant Media, Global Film Partners, Three Point Capital, uFilm and the National Bank of Canada.

Embankment Films is handling international presales and distribution.

Hopkins is represented by UTA and manager Rick Nicita. Sturgess is repped by CAA. Worthington is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. Kwanten is repped by CAA and Orly Adelson Productions. Cocquerel is represented by CAA. Alfredson is repped by WME. Brookfield is repped by UK-based United Agents. Van Eeuwen is repped by Netherlands-based Montecatini Talent Agency.

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Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten to Kidnap Anthony Hopkins

Daniel Alfredson is directing Informant Media’s international action-thriller “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken”

163585204“Avatar” star Sam Worthington, “Cloud Atlas” actor Jim Sturgess and “True Blood” stud Ryan Kwanten will join Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins in Informant Media’s international action-thriller “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken,” the company announced Tuesday.

Daniel Alfredson, who directed both sequels to the original Swedish adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” will direct from a script by UK-based writer William Brookfield, who adapted the bestselling book by Netherlands crime journalist Peter R. de Vries.

Story follows one of the most notorious kidnappings of the 21st Century, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual at that time. Brewery magnate Freddy Heineken (Hopkins) and his chauffeur, Ab Doderer, were kidnapped in 1983 and released for a ransom of 35 million Dutch guldens, which is the equivalent of about $50 million today.

Worthington, Sturgess and Kwanten will likely play the kidnappers in the movie, which also stars Netherlands actor Mark van Eeuwen and Australian newcomer Tom Cocquerel.

Informant Media partners Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson are producing with Howard Meltzer under the Informant Europe banner. Informant’s Eric Brenner will executive produce the movie with Darrel Casalino, Sam Solakyan, Grant Guthrie and Sandra Siegal.

Casting director John Papsidera will co-produce along with Guirec van Slingelandt of Netherlands-based European Film Company. uFilm is also co-producing in Belgium.180239531

The film is being financed by Informant Media, Global Film Partners, Three Point Capital, uFilm and the National Bank of Canada. Embankment Films will handle international pre-sales and distribution.

Productions starts in late October in Belgium before moving to Amsterdam and New Orleans.

Informant Media’s past credits include Scott Cooper’s award-winning drama “Crazy Heart,” the period comedy “Hysteria” with Maggie Gyllenhaal, the action movie “Erased” with Aaron Eckhart and Josh Boone’s “Stuck in Love,” which stars Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly.

CAA reps Sturgess and Worthington, who is also repped by Anonymous Content.  CAA also reps Kwanten along with Orly Adelson Productions.

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