Alexandra Shipp Boards Simon Kaijser’s Thriller ‘Spinning Man’ by Amanda N'Duka April 25, 2017 10:19am
EXCLUSIVE: Alexandra Shipp, last seen as young Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, is set to co-star in the upcoming psychological thriller Spinning Man, from director Simon Kaijser. She joins Pierce Brosnan, Guy Pearce and Minnie Drive in the pic written by Matthew Aldrich, with filming slated to begin this week.
Based on George Harrar’s novel, the pic follows Evan Birch, a professor and family man, whose past reveals a number of illicit relations with his students. When a young woman is found murdered, Evan becomes the prime suspect. Shipp will play Anna, a college student conflicted by an affair she had with her professor.
Ellen S. Wander and Keith Arnold are producing with Film Bridge International handling worldwide sales in Cannes.
From Pierce's IG ... First day of shooting new movie ..."Spinning man" ...playing detective Robert Molloy ... Directed by Mr Simon Kaisjer ... with Mr Guy Pearce and Miss Minnie Driver, last time Minnie and I worked together was on "Goldeneye" proud to work with them all.
Pierce Brosnan Moves From Spy to Detective in Psychological Thriller ‘Spinning Man’ Matthew Chernov
MAY 17, 2017 | 01:15PM PT
“I would say it’s Hitchcockian.”
That’s how Pierce Brosnan describes his latest film, “Spinning Man,” a dark psychological mystery written by Matthew Aldrich and directed by Simon Kaijser. Film Bridge is bringing the film to Cannes.
“In Simon’s hands, it has a spellbinding, bleak menace to it,” says Brosnan.
Based on a novel by George Harrar, “Spinning Man” stars Guy Pearce as a happily married professor whose life unravels when he’s implicated in the murder of one of his students. Minnie Driver co-stars as his wife, who begins to doubt his innocence.
“This is such a character study,” says Brosnan. “Especially in its depiction of the disintegration of a marriage.”
Brosnan plays Malloy, a tenacious Irish police detective in charge of the murder investigation.
“Malloy is a seasoned detective,” says Brosnan. “He’s a weary man who looks for proof, slowly and methodically. Yet he’s also a man with compassion, and a philosophical understanding of human kind. In a way, he’s somewhat priest-like.”
Despite playing a detective in the film, in his personal life Brosnan isn’t particularly fascinated by true crime cases like the one that inspired Harrar. “I prefer to concern myself with art, and paintings, and the lives of artists.”
Nor is he much interested in looking back at his time as the iconic James Bond, it turns out.
When asked if he and “Spectre” villain Dave Bautista shared any colorful 007 war stories on the set of their upcoming thriller “Final Score,” Brosnan answers with a curt “Yes,” and declines to elaborate. A question about the approaching 20th anniversary of his Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” earns a succinct reply: “Just a well-made film. Michelle Yeoh was spectacular in it.”
While the character is unlike any he’s played before, the film itself continues Brosnan’s trend of starring in projects with strong literary source material.
“When you have books like ‘The Ghost Writer,’ or ‘The Son,’ or ‘Spinning Man’ in this case, you have a good foundation,” says Brosnan. “It’s a wonderful reference point for any actor who’s playing a role.”
Although he describes the shoot as enjoyable, the film’s serious subject matter was reflected on set. “The work was intense. The work was focused. And the work was specific,” says Brosnan. “It was a joy to act with Guy Pearce, who I have great respect for. We just hit the ground running.”
The dogged detective is yet another juicy character part for Brosnan.
“It’s been a conscious effort and desire on my behalf to try not to be repetitive,” says Brosnan. “To explore and challenge myself to find roles that have more of a dramatic flair to them. It’s how I started as an actor.”
With adult literary thrillers like “Gone Girl,” “Nocturnal Animals” and “The Girl on the Train” coming back in vogue, Brosnan has no doubt that the chills and pace of “Spinning Man” will find an audience.
“Simon Kaijser is a great shooter, and he acquits himself with alacrity and care, and an understanding of the needs of an actor,” says Brosnan. “When the curtain goes up, Guy’s a suspect from the get-go.”
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Director: Simon Kaijser
BUZZ It's the type of did-he-do-it thriller that often resonates with international audiences. A charming professor (Guy Pearce) appears to be living an idyllic life with his wife (Minnie Driver) and their two children. But when a woman goes missing, he struggles to come up with an alibi to clear his name as a tough detective (Pierce Brosnan) becomes relentless in his pursuit of the truth.
Pierce Brosnan Talks ‘Spinning Man’ On The Los Angeles Set – Cannes Market by Joe Utichi May 24, 2017 8:01am
In the scorching heat of the San Fernando Valley, Pierce Brosnan is shooting Spinning Man, a new thriller from director Simon Kaijser (Stockholm East) and writer Matt Aldrich (Renny Harlin’s Cleaner), based on a novel by George Harrar. It’s being sold in Cannes by Film Bridge International and Deadline has come to set, a couple of weeks before the festival, to witness an interrogation room showdown between Brosnan’s tough detective, Robert Malloy, and Guy Pearce’s professor Evan Birch, who becomes the subject of Malloy’s investigation when a young girl goes missing and he struggles to find an alibi to clear his name.
Produced by Ellen S. Wander and Keith Arnold, the film also stars Minnie Driver, as Evan’s wife Ellen, who is also dragged into the high tension cat and mouse game. During a gap in shooting, Brosnan explains more.
How did Spinning Man come to you?
It just came to me through my agent. Guy was already attached and I like Guy very much; I love his work. Minnie Driver and I are old friends; we did GoldenEye together. Our families know one another. Simon Kaijser has proven himself to be a fine director back in Europe, and he’s got great Swedish sensibilities.
The script was intriguing and had such a mystical sense of foreboding, and it was elliptical and not everything seemed what it should be. I liked the character of Molloy. This kind of worn out guy who’s been in the department for so many years, battling with alcoholism, battling through life. And, you know, he’s not really going to seek any more promotion, and he’s probably got as far as he can. It’s in this non-specific kind of California town, and it’s a mystery. It’s a dissection of a marriage, which I certainly play a hand in. Small town, professor, wife, kids. The professor’s a bit of a naughty boy. He has an eye for the girls, and the girls have an eye for him. And one particular day, well, when the curtain goes up and these beautiful girls go missing and then I come in to investigate it.
So there’s something of a cat and mouse game with Guy’s character?
I know that there’s something not on the level with this guy. I know what’s gone on before, I know why he’s moved to this town. So, all roads point to his being the prime suspect. And yet, you know, I have doubts. It’s this kind of slow erosion of a marriage or an investigation of a marriage. Because the girl’s missing, and because of my involvement as a police officer. It throws both of the characters, Minnie’s character, Ellen, and Evan into great turmoil.
It’s more than a two-hander really. It’s a three-hander. Three principals, so it really occupies a lot of the stage.
But, it’s nice just to chip away at his psyche. I just keep showing up. He has his own, kind of, methodical way about going for the truth. It’s all about truth. What is the truth, how do you get to the truth? The truth lies in arguments, analysis, reason. Of course, he’s a philosopher, and I’m just a working guy. Malloy has plodded his way through life. Had a good education, studied law. He could’ve been a lawyer but he wanted to carry a gun. To do mighty things on the streets.
You haven’t worked with Minnie since GoldenEye, have you?
No, but it was easy. We just kind of picked up where we left off, really. We live nearby to one another, but we don’t see each other all that often. She’s a seasoned woman now. When she was there all those years ago, she was a slip of a lass, and I was a fledgling James Bond. We met on the very first day, the very first scene I did in GoldenEye, was with Robbie Coltrane and she was in the Russian club singing “Stand By Your Man” in Russian.
How would you describe Simon as a director?
He’s very prepared and passionate about the work. He moves fast, and I like that. It’s loose, and he’s allowed me to do my thing. We’ve found the character together. Put the costume together; too tight, too short, big shoes, frumpy. The detectives I’ve seen all like to have this mustache and stuff like that. The accent is kind of American, kind of my accent, something mid-Atlantic.
You’ve been prolific in the independent film world in recent years. Do you like helping these projects across the line?
I’ve always worked in the independent world. I always have, you know, I’ve been an independent actor. A commercial factor certainly comes with Bond, and other movies that I’ve done. You just weave your way in and out of business. If I was to sit on my ass and wait for the big one to arrive I’d be a very old man. Work begets work, you have to find good projects. You want good scripts. There’s so much shite that comes across my desk. There’s so much crap. So you can be dormant for the good part of the year, and then suddenly you have a flurry of projects that come along that have meaning to them. And the people behind them have a pedigree of fine workmanship. It’s not great maths to work, it’s just common sense, really. Them’s the times, you know. You’ve got to adapt, stay on your toes, stay relevant, find the work, and make sure it’s good work. It might not pay like the old days, but you have to make a living somehow. You have to have joy and a good attitude, and be excited by it. This is what I do. I don’t know what else to do at this time in life except this.
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a clip from the upcoming Pierce Brosnan and Guy Pearce starring thriller, Spinning Man, which is going to buyers next month at the American Film Market in Santa Monica. Simon Kaijser directed the pic, from a script by Matt Aldrich, which follows a charming professor Evan Birch (Pearce), who appears to be living an idyllic life until a young woman goes missing and he struggles to come up with an alibi to clear his name.
“College professor Evan Birch has his first confrontation with Detective Robert Malloy (Brosnan) who is assigned a case of a missing girl,” said Kaijser to set up the clip, which can be viewed above. “Evan is still convinced he possesses the moral and intellectual high ground. Like a couple of prize fighters, Evan and Malloy assess each other for strengths and weaknesses. It’s round one in a battle of wits.”
Minnie Driver, who plays Evan’s wife Ellen, Clark Gregg, Alexandra Shipp, Odeya Rush, and Jamie Kennedy co-star in the film, which is based on a novel by George Harrar. Producers are Ellen S. Wander and Keith Arnold, while Film Bridge International is the sales agent for the project.
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