On 23 February 2010 principal photography began on GK Films' romantic thriller The Tourist, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. The Tourist is being produced by Academy Award-winner Graham King and will shoot in Paris and Venice. Sony Pictures will distribute the film.
The Tourist is written by Academy Award winning screenwriters Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, The Young Victoria) and Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie), and Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow) and revolves around Frank (Depp), an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise (Jolie) is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Venice, Frank pursues a potential romance but soon finds himself the pursued as he and Elise are caught in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger.
Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie stars in the upcoming thriller Salt, directed by Phillip Noyce for Columbia Pictures. She received an Academy Award nomination for her work in Clint Eastwood's Changeling and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Girl, Interrupted. Her critically hailed portrayal of Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart garnered Golden Globe and Spirit Award nominations. Other recent credits include the animated film Kung Fu Panda and the blockbuster hit Wanted. Jolie is the Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, a position she has held since 2001.
Johnny Depp, nominated three times for an Oscar for his work in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, appears next as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's highly anticipated Alice in Wonderland He also stars in GK Films upcoming feature The Rum Diary, written and directed by Bruce Robinson and produced with Depp's production company Infinitum Nihil. Other recent films include Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Michael Mann's Public Enemies in which he played the legendary John Dillinger.
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for the thriller The Lives of Others, which marked his writing and directing debut. The film also garnered a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and Donnersmarck earned BAFTA nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay.
The Tourist is a GK Films presentation in association with Spyglass and is produced by Graham King, Tim Headington, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman. Following his Academy Award win for Martin Scorsese's The Departed, producer King launched his independent production company GK Films in May 2007 with business partner Tim Headington. Under this new production banner, the company produced the thriller Edge of Darkness starring Mel Gibson recently released through Warner Bros. Pictures. In addition, GK Films recently completed shooting The Rum Diary and the crime drama London Boulevard starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley, and written and directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan. GK Films' production The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend is nominated for three Academy Awards and is currently enjoying its US theatrical release. King's past credits include The Aviator, Gangs of New York, Blood Diamond, Ali and Traffic.
Studio Canal is also a partner on the production.