EXCLUSIVE: Two-time BAFTA winner Bill Nighy joins the high-concept thriller from Kaley Cuoco and David Oyelowo role playing game by Studiocanal, Picture Company and Amazon Prime Video.
Nighy is filling in for Billy Bob Thornton, who had to leave the project due to a scheduling conflict, we hear.
Directed by Thomas Vincent, the picture follows a married couple, played by Cuoco and Oyelowo, whose lives are turned upside down as secrets about each other’s pasts are uncovered. The role, played by Nighy, was under wraps and has been described as a mysterious stranger who encounters the couple. The film is currently being shot in Berlin at Studio Babelsberg.
Cuoco yesterday received her second Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy Award from HBO Max’s The flight attendant.
Nighy received a BAFTA for Supporting Actor in 2003 for his role love actually and a BAFTA TV award for Best Actor for Game Status this year.
His five-decade career has spanned both stage and screen. He also received a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Miniseries for Gideon’s daughter.
nighty’s upcoming movie, Life, An adaptation of the 1952 Japanese classic Iriku by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to critical acclaim. Directed by Oliver Hermanus, Nighy stars as Mr Williams, a veteran civil servant who has become a cog in the bureaucracy of Britain’s post-WWII reconstruction. When Mr. Williams learns he has a terminal illness, he accidentally strikes up a friendship with another co-worker, Margaret (Aimee Lou Wood). Inspired by her cheerful outlook on life and her ambition, Williams decides to make one last change before slipping away from the world.
He should play too The beautiful game; A Netflix film directed by Thea Sharrock and revolving around a group of homeless English footballers who travel from London to Rome for the Homeless World Cup.
Nighy recently appeared as Newton in the Showtime limited series The man who fell to earth opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris.
His feature films include Johnny Depp’s redemptive thriller Minamata, Emma to Anya Taylor Joy, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Hope Gap towards Annette Benning, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Notes on a Scandal, The Constant Gardener, among several others.
Nighy’s work on stage ranks with that of David Hare Pravda (1985), skylight (1985) and A worldmap (1983). In 2001 he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Joe Penhall’s film Blue/Orange.
role playing game is written by Seth Owen. Andrew Baldwin also worked on the screenplay. George Heller of Brillstein Gray, who came up with the idea, is executive producing the film.
Studiocanal fully finances the Picture Company’s production. We recently reported on this role playing game has landed a major Amazon Prime Video deal with the streamer releasing the image in the US and several international territories.
The Picture Company partners Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona are producing as part of their long-term contract with Studiocanal. Cuoco produces through her Yes Norman Productions.
Nighy is represented by CAA, Independent Talent Group and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.