Charlize Theron will be producing and is in talks to star in the independent film American Express, with veteran stuntman, Nash Edgerton taking the helm as director. The Australian filmmaker of Blue Tongue Films has made a series of astounding shorts that has won him numerous film festival awards, as well as directed the amazing crime thriller The Square co-written by his brother Joel Edgerton (Great Gatsby). Annapurna International, formerly Panorama Media, is clearly a fan of Nash Edgerton as they have picked up the international rights days before the Cannes Film Festival begin.
In a press release Annapurna Pictures stated that they would be producing the film along with Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Productions and Theron is also in talks to star in the film. Cannes Film Festival also served as the stage for the re-branding of Panorama Media to Annapurna announced by Megan Ellison, founder and principal. Along with American Express, Annapurna International will also handle the international rights for John Krasinski’s The Hollars with a cast includes Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Drinking Buddies), Margo Martindale (The Millers, August: Osage County), John Krasinski (The Office), and Richard Jenkins (Jack Reacher, The Cabin in the Wood).
Besides producing and possible acting in American Express, Charlize Theron and her production company have been rather active lately, most recently acquiring Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling book Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness which will star Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga, The Runaways). The plot to American Express has been kept under wraps and will be the second feature film for Edgerton and the ninth film Charlize Theron has been attached to in a production role.
Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness was published November 13, 2012 through Free Press in hardback. The book details Cahalan’s struggle with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease. When she was 24, Cahalan awoke in the hospital with no memory of the previous months events, during which time she had violent delusions and episodes. Dakota Fanning will play the main role of Susannah Cahalan, in a role that will depict the young woman’s terrifying descent into madness, while Theron is also slated to play a supporting role in the film.
The Oscar award-winning actress will be starting in Seth MacFarlane’s Universal comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West alongside Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!), Neil Patrick Harrison (How I Met Your Mother), and Liam Neeson (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Taken). She will also be seen together with Christina Hendricks (Life as we Know It, Drive) and Chloe Moretz (Hugo, Kick-Ass) in Dark Places plus she completed work on Mad Max: Fury Road also starring Tom Hardy and is set to star alongside Javier Bardem in Sean Penn’s African romance The Last Face.
Theron has not been in an independent film since her Oscar winning performance in the 2003 film, Monster. American Express will make the first in over 10 years for Charlize Theron, but besides her film roles she hosted Saturday Night Live for the second time over the weekend. Also, she has worked with Edgerton before when she appeared in The Killers, frontman Brandon Flowers’ 2010 single, which Edgerton directed and would be an A-list name for the Edgerton’s film.
By Virginia Snowden