Seven weeks of principal photography begins today on Good, based on the Tony Award wining stage play by CP Taylor, with Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A History of Violence) in the lead role of John Halder.
Mortensen will star alongside British actors Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Patriot), Jodie Whittaker (Venus) and Mark Strong (Stardust, Oliver Twist; Syriana). The screenplay is adapted by John Wrathall, and will be helmed by award-winning director Vicente Amorim. Produced by Good Films Ltd, finance provided by the Aramid Entertainment, specialists in the provision of entertainment finance.
Good examines the life of 'everyman' John Halder (Mortensen), a 'good' and decent individual with family problems: a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from senile dementia. A literary professor, Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity.
Seemingly inconsequential decisions lead to choices, which lead to more choices...with eventually devastating effect.
The film also stars Anastasia Hille (The Wisdom of Crocodiles), Ruth Gemmell (Fever Pitch), Gemma Jones (Sense & Sensibility), David de Keyser (The Statement), Ralph Riach (Copying Beethoven), Guy Henry (V for Vendetta), Kevin Doyle (The Libertine), Steven Elder (Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God) and Steven Mackintosh (The Mother; Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).
"Good is everything you don't expect from a period film set against such a calamitous moment in history," says director Vicente Amorim.
"It's colourful, exciting, funny and utterly relevant. This film involves us in the buzz of a nation on the rise where anything is possible and 'good' people get caught up in a stampede that is heading over a cliff."