Paul Mescal enters the world of espionage for the first time.
Emmy and BAFTA Award Winner Normal people breakup, recently seen in the festival favorite After the sun and last year’s the lost daughteris ready to lead A spy by nature for Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald (The Mauritanian, the last king of Scotland, state of the art). HanWay Film is launching the project on the American Film Market, with CAA co-holding US rights.
Described as a smart and modern espionage thriller, A spy by nature explores a young spy’s growing talent for lies and subterfuge, and the consequences this has on his professional and private life. The film is adapted by the BAFTA and Academy Award winner.candidate John Hodge (Trainspotting, The Beach) from the first novel in Charles Cumming’s successful Alec Milius spy series, with the most recent draft by Joseph Charlton (Industry. The film is produced by Chris Clark (All the Money in the World, Calvary, Legend) and Quentin Curtis (All the money in the world, legend). As executive producers, HanWay Films and Ingenious Media developed the project together with the producers.
A Spy By Nature sees Mescal play Alec Milius, a disillusioned 20-something whose gift for deception comes to the attention of MI6. Caught up in the onslaught of a geopolitical commodity war involving the British and Americans, at home he struggles to preserve his relationship with his girlfriend and build a future together. As his web of lies grows, Alec is forced to confront his very nature: whether he can be a good man as well as a good spy.
“I wanted to do A spy by nature for many years, and when I met Paul Mescal, with his seductive mix of intelligence, skill and youth, I knew I had found the perfect star,” said MacDonald. “This is a very modern spy story: sexy, dangerous, morally ambivalent, and only an actor as talented as Paul could pull it off.”
Producers Clark and Curtis said, “We are thrilled to bring this exciting and timely thriller to the screen with Kevin Macdonald, whose extraordinary track record of engaging and thought-provoking filmmaking makes him the ideal director for it. The search for the perfect actor to play Alec Milius has been a long one. But as soon as we saw Paul Mescal’s remarkable breakthrough performances, we knew we had found an actor with the intelligence, depth and charisma to play this convincingly multifaceted role.”
HanWay Films CEO Gabrielle Stewart added: “Paul Mescal feels like the actor of the moment, so having him team up with Kevin Macdonald to bring the compelling origin story of popular young spy Alec Milius to the screen is so exciting. extremely exciting. We love the fresh setting of contemporary millennial London and the modernity of the characters and their relationships. I trust we will all want to revisit this young spy in his next adventure with what could be the start of an exciting new franchise.”
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