Aaron Eckhart To Star In Renny Harlin Action Pic ‘The Bricklayer’ – Deadline

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EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) has been set to guide Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger) action-thriller film The Bricklayer, which is because of get underway in March in Europe.

The Expendables outfit Millennium Media is producing with Gerard Butler after each teamed up with Eckhart on the profitable Has Fallen franchise.

In The Bricklayer, somebody is blackmailing the CIA by assassinating international journalists and making it seem like the company is accountable. As the world begins to unite in opposition to the U.S., the CIA should lure its most sensible – and rebellious – operative out of retirement, forcing him to confront his checkered previous whereas unraveling a global conspiracy.

The movie is ready to shoot at Millennium’s new Nu Boyana Greece studio and its Nu Boyana Bulgaria facility. Millennium will deal with gross sales on the upcoming digital EFM.

Screenplay comes from Hannah Weg (Septembers of Shiraz) and Matt Johnson (Into the Blue).

Producers are G-BASE’s Alan Siegel, Gerard Butler and Danielle Robinson, Eclectic Picture’s Heidi Jo Markel, Millennium Media’s Jeffrey Greenstein, Les Weldon, Jonathan Yunger, Yariv Lerner and Rob Van Norden. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and Tanner Mobley from Millennium are govt producers.

Eckhart is at present in manufacturing as former President Gerald Ford in Showtime’s The First Lady, which will mark the actor’s largest small display position up to now.

Said Die Hard 2 director Harlin: “The Bricklayer screenplay has the rare combination of well layered characters, intricate plotting and propulsive action. Having spent five years in China, I’m excited to be back making a high caliber Hollywood action thriller. If there’s something I learned from my three Chinese movies, it is the importance of deeply felt emotion. In Aaron Eckhart I have found a first class dramatic actor, who also has the physicality and charm to bring this iconic character to life,” mentioned Harlin.

“This is an incredible opportunity to develop a strong new IP into a potential franchise. Renny Harlin knows how to execute big action, and Aaron Eckhart is such a versatile actor who will bring great depth to this character. We couldn’t be more excited to launch this film with our talented team,” mentioned Tanner Mobley, Vice President of Development for Millennium Media.

The venture has been quiet for greater than a decade when Butler himself was connected to star for Millennium.

Aaron Eckhart is represented by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman. Renny Harlin is represented by UTA and Paul Hastings. Hannah Weg is represented by Mosaic, CAA, and Paul Hastings. Matt Johnson is represented by Industry Entertainment and WME.

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