Mockingbird Pictures and Division Films announce today that Ewan McGregor and Tye Sheridan have signed on to star in their co-production of Last Days in the Desert, which is written and directed by Rodrigo García (Albert Nobbs). Ciarán Hinds (There Will Be Blood) and Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons) round out the film's cast as Sheridan's Father and Mother.
Last Days in the Desert follows a holy man and a demon - both roles played by McGregor - on a journey through the desert. An encounter with a family struggling to survive in this harsh environment forces the holy man to confront his own fate.
The film is produced by Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis of Mockingbird Pictures along with Wicks Walker of Division Films, who financed the picture in collaboration with recently shingled Ironwood Entertainment, with Aspiration Media and New Balloon in association. The film has commenced principal photography in the Southern California desert.
García and director of photography Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki are reunited for the picture after having worked together many years ago on García's Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, which was awarded Un Certain Regard at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Lubezki received his sixth Academy Award nomination recently for his work on Gravity.
WME Entertainment is handling domestic rights, with Hanway Films representing international.
HanWay's Thorsten Schumacher had this to say in a statement.
"Rodrigo García is an incredible filmmaker who we've long admired and he's assembled an amazing cast and crew to bring to life this epic and profound story. We're thrilled to introduce Last Days in the Desert to our buyers at Berlin."
The film boasts a cast and crew that have collectively received 37 Oscar nominations: 4-time Academy Award nominee Jeannine Claudia Oppewall (Catch Me If You Can) as production designer; 3-time Academy Award nominee Judianna Makovsky (The Hunger Games) as costume designer; 2-time Academy Award nominee Schindler's List) as makeup department head and 2-time Academy Award winner Andy Nelson (Les Miserables) and 4-time Academy Award nominee Peter Devlin (Iron Man 3) are handling sound.