Radar Pictures announced today that Jon Hamm has signed on to star in Academy Award nominee Tony Gilroy's political action/thriller High Wire Act to be directed by Brad Anderson. Ted Field, Tony Gilroy and Mike Weber are producing. Schiff/Audino is casting. Good Universe is handling international sales. Here's what writer-producer Tony Gilroy had to say in a statement.
"I'm thrilled the way the project's come together. Jon Hamm was made to play the part. I've been trying to work with Brad Anderson from the moment I saw Transsiberian and every conversation we have confirms my confidence. I can't wait to see a script that means so much to me get up and running."
Brad Anderson had this to say in his own statement.
"Tony may have been channeling John le Carré when he wrote this, and as such it has many of the themes I love that make those stories so great - the political intrigue, the betrayals, the morally compromised characters, the reluctant heroes. And it's set in a world - war-torn Beirut - that's seldom depicted on screen."
Producer Mike Weber also added his own brief statement.
"We are thrilled that such a talented group has come together on the project."
Set in 1980's Beirut, Jon Hamm plays a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family's death. Brad Anderson's previous films include The Machinist with Christian Bale, Transsiberian, Session 9, and The Call with Halle Berry. He has also directed several TV pilots, including Zoo for CBS which airs this summer. Tony Gilroy and Jon Hamm are represented by CAA. Brad Anderson is represented by WME and LBI Entertainment.