Netflix has optioned the rights to the thriller Born to Be Murdered, which will star John David Washington and Alicia Vikander, and be directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino and produced by Luca Guadagnino and Marco Morabito for their Frenesy Films along with Francesco Melzi d’Eril and Gabriele Moratti for MeMo with Raicinema.
The film, which is set to be released in 2021, takes place in Athens and the Epirus region of Greece where a couple, played by Washington and Vikander, are caught up in a violent conspiracy that leads to tragic consequences. Boyd Holbrook and Vicky Krieps will co-star in the film.
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The film, which is based on a script by Kevin Rice, will be Cito Filomarino first English-language film. He previously collaborated as a second unit director on Guadagnino’s Suspiria, Call Me My Your Name and A Bigger Splash. He has also directed the 2015 biopic Antonia, based on the life of Italian poet Antonia Pozzi. The director is the great-nephew of Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti.
Washington is known for the HBO comedy series Ballers and Spike Lee’s drama-comedy BlacKkKlansman for which he received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. He currently stars in Christopher Nolan’s spy film Tenet and will soon share the screen with Zendaya in the drama Malcolm & Marie. He is also set to appear in David O. Russell’s new film with Christian Bale and Margot Robbie at New Regency.
Vikander, who won an Academy Award in the supporting actress category for The Danish Girl, was last featured in The Glorias as a young Gloria Steinem. The Swedish actress, who is married to actor Michael Fassbender, has a supporting role in the action film Jason Bourne in 2016 and starred as Lara Croft in the adventure film Tomb Raider in 2018. She will reprise her role as Croft in Tomb Raider 2, which was scheduled to start filming in April but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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