My heart almost skipped some beats when, a few weeks back, it was reported that Oscar Isaac would reunite with his Drive writer, Hossein Amini, for the latter’s directing debut, The Two Faces of January — which would pair Standard with Viggo Mortensen, to boot. It was, obviously, some kickstart for a project that had been without development for more than a year, but the true effects of that lock are only now becoming evident.
That’s because Variety reports Kirsten Dunst will comprise the third part of January‘s onscreen trio, while Working Title and StudioCanal have taken notice and come aboard to finance and produce, respectively. But enough with that boring business stuff; the Melancholia star will play Collette, wife of con man Chester MacFarland (Mortensen), with whom she meets a stranger (Isaac) in Athens. Things get out of control when Chester kills a police officer, an act that soon puts the three in “a high-stakes game with the authorities and one another as they attempt to cover up the crime and flee the country.” They soon go to Istanbul, where tensions might boil over and break out into more violence.
Amini is adapting a novel from Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers on a Train), which he takes as a “story about love dying,” and “[w]hat it’s like to fall out of love with someone you still feel a certain loyalty to.” Producers don’t hesitate to compare January to one of my very favorite films from last year, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and this three-person grouping is only maintaining the pre-established high hopes.
The Two Faces of January will begin production in October.
Is it good to see this project come together? What are your thoughts on Dunst’s addition?
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