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Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris to star in thriller The Unknown Man

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Story by Jack Foley

JOEL Edgerton and Sean Harris are to star in new thriller The Unknown Man.

The sophomore feature from writer/director Thomas M Wright (Acute Misfortune), the film is based on an incredible real-life Australian sting operation. Two men who meet on a plane strike up a conversation that turns into friendship.

For Henry Teague (Harris), worn down by a lifetime of physical labour and crime, this is a dream come true. His new friend Mark (Edgerton) becomes his saviour and ally. What Henry doesn’t know is that Mark is a seasoned undercover officer – working to convict Henry for an unsolved murder committed years prior.

Rocket Science alongside See-Saw’s in-house sales arm, Cross City Films will be launching the film at the EFM in Berlin.

See-Saw Films’ producers Rachel Gardner, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman commented: “Already lauded as a director with a distinctive voice, Thomas has written a unique and exceptional script to highlight the incredible story behind how a shocking crime was ultimately solved.

“Joel has been an ardent supporter since the start and alongside Sean will no doubt bring a level of integrity and gravitas to the fascinating story and relationship between two very different men.”

Edgerton, who also produces, said: “I am entirely thrilled by the screenplay that Thomas has written and his approach to bringing the story to life. As an actor, I know I will have an incredible experience working with him, and as a producer I am honoured to be partnering with a filmmaker with such a brilliant future.

“I also feel very privileged to continue my successful relationship with Anonymous Content and deepen ties with See-Saw Films as we all embark on this film together. It’s an incredible team behind this project that will support and harness the talent of Thomas M. Wright moving forward and I couldn’t be more excited.”

Evocative Australian director Thomas M Wright co-wrote and directed his debut film Acute Misfortune, based on the book by Erik Jensen, which won The Age Critics’ Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival, was nominated for Best Indie Film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards and was named the best Australian film of 2019 by The Guardian.

Edgerton’s recent film credits include the dramas Loving and Boy Erased, while his other credits include Warrior and Animal Kingdom.

BAFTA winner Sean Harris is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the villainous Solomon Lane in the Mission Impossible films and could be seen most recently in Netflix’s critically acclaimed feature The King alongside Timothee Chalamet.

He will next feature in David Lowery’s The Green Knight alongside Dev Patel and Alicia Vikander.