Two-time Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson (upcoming The Lone Ranger, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Michael Clayton) joins the thriller Felony opposite the previously cast male lead Joel Edgerton (upcoming Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby), it was announced by The Solution Entertainment Group's ("The Solution") founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, and producers Rosemary Blight of Goalpost Pictures Australia and Edgerton for Blue-Tongue Films.
The feature film, set to start lensing in late October, will be directed by Matthew Saville (Noise) from a script by Edgerton.
The Solution arranged the financing for the film, with Wilson and Nestel serving as executive producers. The company is representing the international rights to the film and is actively selling the title at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.
Felony will be distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Roadshow Films. CAA is handling US rights.
Driving home after a celebration drink with his team after the long waited bust of a major gang, a decorated police officer (Edgerton) runs a young cyclist off the road. As he gives CPR to the child, fellow officers arrive to take his statement. In a split second decision he tells them a lie about the accident which will change all their lives in this edge of your seat thriller.
Wilkinson will play Detective Carl Summer, the lead police investigator who arrives on the scene following the accident.
"Tom Wilkinson is one of the most versatile actors around who inhabits every character he plays with an incredible energy and credibility. He is the ideal choice to co-star with Joel Edgerton in this tense and riveting thriller and will certainly drive buyers' attention to this project in Toronto," said Wilson.
"We had long hoped that Tom would agree to this role. We are thrilled an actor of his intelligence and caliber is on board for this exciting film," said Blight.