Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema's and Village Roadshow Pictures' thought-provoking drama Collateral Beauty, being helmed by Oscar-winning director David Frankel (Dear Diary, The Devil Wears Prada). The film has been slated for release on December 16, 2016. The drama will be going up against Disney and LucasFilm's highly-anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this December.
Collateral Beauty features an all-star cast, including Will Smith (upcoming Suicide Squad, Concussion), Edward Norton (Birdman), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Michael Peña (The Martian), Naomie Harris (Spectre), and Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner), with Oscar winners Kate Winslet (The Reader, Steve Jobs) and Helen Mirren (The Queen, Trumbo).
When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way. David Frankel is directing Collateral Beauty from an original screenplay by Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 21). Loeb is also a producer on the film, together with Bard Dorros (Triple 9) and Michael Sugar (Best Picture Oscar nominee Spotlight) under the Anonymous Content banner; Anthony Bregman ("Foxcatcher") for Likely Story; and Kevin Scott Frakes (John Wick) for PalmStar Media.
Hugh Jackman was originally set to star before he bowed out of the project, and Will Smith replaced him. Rooney Mara and Jason Segel were also set to join the supporting cast, when Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) was set to direct. Shooting was originally scheduled to begin last fall before the project was reconfigured with a new cast and director.
Frankel's behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Maryse Alberti ("Creed"), production designer Beth Mickle ("Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"), editor Andrew Marcus ("American Ultra") and costume designer Leah Katznelson ("How to Be Single"). A presentation of New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures, Collateral Beauty will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. Stay tuned for more on Collateral Beauty as production continues.