Now, IM Global is in advanced talks with Uma Thurman to join the cast of Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight’s next feature directorial effort, Serenity.
Thurman would play the current lover of McConaughey’s character. Hathaway is his former wife. Also now in the cast are Jason Clarke and Djimon Hounsou.
IM Global is fully financing the $25 million budget. Production will take place in Mauritius, with an attractive tax rebate provision. This will be the first major Hollywood feature film to shoot on the island.
This is a reteam for Knight and IM Global which financed his first two films as director, Retribution and Locke.
Greg Shapiro (Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) is producing alongside Guy Heeley (Locke).
A number of U.S. studios are said to be circling the project already. Filming is expected to begin this summer.
This is a reteam for Oscar winners McConaughey and Hathaway after 2014’s Interstellar.
McConaughey currently has adventure drama Gold in release and is voicing the lead character in Illumination/Universal’s Sing. He’s up next as the Man in Black in Sony’s Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower.
Hathaway’s in upcoming sci-fi actioner Colossal and stars in Warner Bros’ Ocean’s Eight which is out next year.
This will be Knight’s third directorial feature effort following 2013’s critically-acclaimed Locke and Jason Statham starrer Redemption. The in-demand writer-director is the brains behind BBC Two’s hit gangster drama Peaky Blinders and the Tom Hardy BBC/FX series Taboo. Season 4 of Peaky begins shooting in March.
Knight was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 2002’s Dirty Pretty Things. Further writing credits include Bradley Cooper-starrer Burnt; Robert Zemeckis’ WWII drama Allied with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard; and The 100-Foot Journey with Helen Mirren. His upcoming projects include Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead and November Criminals. He’s also scripting World War Z 2.