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Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson Join ‘Inescapable’; Gael Garcia Bernal Leading ‘Weeping Susannah’

Written by on December 8, 2011 

One’s been having a great, multi-year run that nobody takes notice of, the other was able to use a TV show to stage a comeback. Now, Variety reports that Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson are starring in Inescapable, the newest feature from Cairo Time director Ruba Nadda, which also stars Alexander Siddig. The film follows “a Syrian expatriate (Siddig) whose journalist daughter goes missing in Damascus.” He returns home “to find her despite the risks and calls on a former love (Tomei) to help him,” and an “embassy official (Jackson) is at first helpful but may have an agenda of his own.”

Myriad will produce the and sell the project, which the company’s head, Kirk D’Amico, calls a “compelling and emotionally-charged story [which] should provide audiences with a unique view into an unstable and dangerous place that we only seem to know about from news headlines.” Being able to provide such a thriller requires a sense of both scale and balance, which a small, romantic drama like Cairo Time can’t give a sense of. But if Nadda is attracting some good names and financiers after an acclaimed freshman feature — which, as I’m trying to say, she is — confidence isn’t the worst idea.

Variety has other casting news, with a report that Gael García Bernal and Marina Fois are both set to lead Weeping Susannah, a debut from director Cyril Cohen, based on the Alona Kimhi novel. The dramedy “takes place in the aftermath of the murder of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995,” centering on a “thirty-something woman who lives secluded with her mother until she meets a distant cousin who opens her eyes to the outside world.”

Producer Emmanuel Murat will seek a co-producer at this year’s Les Arcs, the same festival at which Illan Girard will present a project of his own, The Dew Breaker. Also based on a novel — this one by Edwidge Danticat — it has Danny Glover, Sophie Okonedo, and Chiwetel Ejiofor all in talks to lead. The story tells of a “Haitian immigrant living in Brooklyn who’s haunted by his past as a member of Tonton Macoute, the paramilitary force that worked for the Papa Doc Duvalier dictatorship in the 1960s.” Duvalier was a ruthless dictator responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands, not the inspiration for the Anthony Mackie character in 8 Mile.

What do you think of either project? Is there one you’re anticipating the most?

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