Just a few weeks after John Wick director David Leitch was confirmed to direct Charlize Theron in The Coldest City, the spy thriller has secured another co-star. Variety reports that James McAvoy has come aboard to star in an unspecified role. This news comes just after the actor replaced Joaquin Phoenix in an Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Movie, but that project is said to go into production after The Coldest City.
The Coldest City centers on an MI6 spy who is found dead on the eve of the Berlin Wall coming down. Charlize Theron star as "super spy" Lorraine Broughton, who is tasked with finding the list this covert agent was trying to smuggle into West Berlin, which contains the names of every espionage agent working undercover in Berlin. This assignment takes her into the underground world of counter-intelligence, risking her own life to save the lives of the British agents, as she tries to navigate a culture full of deceit and double-crossing where no one can truly be trusted.
David Leitch is directing from a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer. The screenwriter is no stranger to the spy genre, having written the screenplays for the CIA thriller The Recruit, and the Russian espionage tale Salt. Both David Leitch and his John Wick partner Chad Stahelski were set to direct The Coldest City together. They eventually decided to split up, with Chad Stahelski tackling John Wick 2 and David Leitch taking the helm on The Coldest City.
Focus Films acquired the project during the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, with principal photography set to take place this Novmeber in Budapest and Berlin. Charlize Theron also producing alongside her Denver and Delilah Productions partners Beth Kono and A.J. Dix, Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin of Closed on Mondays Entertainment and Kelly McCormick of Sierra/Affinity. Universal Pictures International will distribute the project in Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, China, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Switzerland and the U.K., with DeaPlaneta releasing the film in Spain, and Freeman Distribution/Monlith/Blitz distributing throughout Eastern Europe.
James McAvoy recently wrapped production on X-Men: Apocalypse, which is slated for release on May 27, 2016. He will next be seen in Victor Frankenstein, alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott, which hits theaters on November 25. What do you think about James McAvoy joining Charlize Theron in this spy thriller?