The great Tim Roth is seen far less often than I’d like — if anything’s to blame, I say we should single out Lie to Me — yet it seems as though he’s making a gradual, respectable transition back to the silver screen. The next six months or so, in and of itself, should bring Arbitrage (which we liked when it played Sundance) and, hopefully, Broken, a promising-sounding drama that also stars Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear. Not bad for someone who fell off the feature map years ago, right?
Variety now says he’ll play off a recent Oscar winner, having been signed for the spy thriller Möbius. Leading the proceedings will be the Artist himself, Jean Dujardin, as well as French favorite Cécile De France (High Tension, Hereafter); Eric Rochant has written the script and will handle directing duties. Reportedly set in “the world of high finance,” Möbius revolves around an “FSB officer [who] falls in love with his agent, an American woman who works as a trader in a Russian bank.” A good start and, so long as you know that Roth is taking on the role of “a Russian oligarch suspected of laundering money through his bank,” the pieces fall into place with ease.
So that’s not only one fine trio of onscreen performers at work, but even a potentially engaging story of treason and intrigue that takes place on an international scale; just like that, Möbius has found itself on my radar. Recifilms, Axel Films, Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp, and Les Productions du Trésor are producing the movie, with an early 2013 premiere being the target.
Is Möbius coming together at a good pace and with respectable talent?
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