Viggo Mortensen to Star in Thriller 'Unabomb'

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Viggo Mortensen to Star in Thriller 'Unabomb'


Kay, Jeremy, Screen International


Two-time Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen will star in the thriller Unabomb for The Trouble With The Curve director Robert Lorenz.

IM Global is fully financing the project and lining up additional cast for a January 2018 production start.

Lorenz is producing Unabomb with Michele Weisler and IM Global's president of feature film production Greg Shapiro.

Unabomb centres on one of the largest manhunts in history as FBI agent Jim Freeman, played by Mortensen, takes on the unsolved case of the Unabomber, who terrorised Americans with 16 bombings over the course of two decades.

Freeman and his unconventional team travel the country piecing together a profile of the infamous hooded suspect.

However the closer they get to narrowing down the terrorist's identity, the more deadly and personal the attacks become. Randy Brown adapted the screenplay from the book Unabomber by Jim Freeman, Terry Turchie and Donald Max Noel.

Mortensen earned a lead actor Oscar nod earlier this year for Captain Fantastic, which travelled to the Croisette last year where it earned Matt Ross the directing prize in Un Certain Regard. Mortensen was nominated for the first time for Eastern Promises in 2008.

Unabomb has quality all the way through. Lorenz has earned three best picture Oscar nominations for global smash American Sniper, Letters From Iwo Jima, and Mystic River, while Shapiro shared the best picture Oscar for The Hurt Locker and served as executive producer on Zero Dark Thirty.

Weisler's executive producer credits include The Ring and The Ring Two.

John Zois, senior vice-president of acquisitions and co-productions, negotiated the deal for rights on behalf of IM Global with Jeremy Landau and Bec Smith at UTA, and attorney Keith Fleer on behalf of the filmmakers. …

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