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Gerard Butler, Joe Alwyn and Peter Mullan sign up for Keepers

Olympus Has Fallen

Story by Jack Foley

GERARD Butler will line up alongside fellow Scot Peter Mullan and rising star Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) for the new psychological thriller Keepers, inspired by a true unsolved local mystery.

Kristoffer Nyholm, whose TV credits include the classic first series of The Killing from Denmark’s DR, hit UK mini-series The Enfield Haunting and upcoming period adventure Taboo starring Tom Hardy for FX and BBC, will direct the film from a script by BAFTA Cymru Nominated screenwriter Celyn Jones (co-writer and star of Set Fire to the Stars) and actor/writer Joe Bone (Castles in the Sky).

On an uninhabited island 20 miles from the rugged Scottish coast, three lighthouse keepers arrive for their six week shift.

As Thomas (Mullan), James (Butler) and Donald (Alwyn) settle into their usual, solitary routines, something unexpected and potentially life-changing occurs- they stumble upon something that isn’t theirs to keep.

Where did it come from? Who does it belong to? A boat appears in the distance that might hold the answer to these questions… What follows is a tense battle for survival as personal greed replaces loyalty – and fed by isolation and paranoia, three honest men are led down a path to destruction.

Says director Nyholm of the casting: “I feel incredibly fortunate to have Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and Joe Alwyn leading the cast of Keeoers – great actors who are deeply committed to this project, and who will go the distance.

“These men are the strong and unique characters at the heart of this story, which is a journey from innocence to animalistic survival. Keepers was great to read, will be an adventure to make, and terrifying to watch!”

Co-writers Jones and Bone, who conceived the idea for Keepers while starring together in biographical drama, Castles in the Sky, add: “Our objective was to create a unique script that Kristoffer wanted to direct, great actors wanted to perform and a wide audience will want to see. We also wanted to say something poignant about trust and the frailty of the human condition.

Keepers has all the shock and awe life can offer, wrapped up in a film that we hope will cling to its audience well after the last reel stops turning in the cinema.”

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