RICHARD ARMITAGE AND NAOMIE HARRIS SIGN UP FOR AKU LOUHIMIES’ CLEARANCE
Umedia International has taken world sales rights excluding South Africa and Scandinavia to acclaimed Finnish director Aku Louhimies’ English language debut, CLEARANCE, a powerful action-drama starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit Trilogy) and Naomie Harris (Long Walk To Freedom, Skyfall).
CLEARANCE is produced by Ryan Haidarian (Vehicle 19), Andrew D Corkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Jesse Fryckman (Sauna), and David Murdoch (1 Star) through their companies Forefront Media, Uncorked Productions, Solar Films, and Sinner Films. With a script by Richard Campling and Svet Rouskov (The Colony), the film is scheduled to shoot in South Africa in November 2015. Louhimies’ previous films include 8-Ball, Naked Harbour and Frozen Land, which took prizes at major international film festivals including Karlovy Vary, Göteborg, Athens, Ghent and Moscow.
CLEARANCE tells the story of a hardened mine clearance expert Ray (Armitage) who, together with his pregnant partner Kate (Harris), is leaving war-ravaged South Sudan to start a new life back in Europe. On their way to the airport, they are kidnapped by Bosco, a notorious warlord. Kate, together with the friends travelling with them, is taken hostage, whilst Ray is given just 2 hours to cross a vast minefield, and navigate a ruined booby-trapped compound to retrieve a mysterious case. Bosco’s trusted lieutenant Eric, a brutalised child soldier, is sent to guard Ray on his deadly mission. With many lives at stake, can Ray hold his nerve, and can Eric rediscover his lost humanity in order to do what’s right?
Umedia are launching sales at next week’s Cannes market. Peter Rogers commented: « We don’t see many scripts as strong as CLEARANCE: a smart action film, set against an interesting, topical background. It’s a tense, thrilling and emotionally hard-hitting story that we think audiences will love. »
Ryan Haidarian said: “We’re thrilled to have the stellar talents of Naomie Harris and Richard Armitage come together around such a strong piece of material helmed by the masterful Aku Louhimies. » »We are so excited about Richard and Naomie signing onto the project and know that they will bring the raw authenticity to traverse the thrilling world of CLEARANCE, » added Andrew Corkin.
Richard Armitage is represented by Esther Chang at WME and Evelyn O’Neill at Management 360. Naomie Harris is represented by Jeremy Barber at UTA.
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