Pierce Brosnan has signed up for the upcoming thriller The Coup, alongside Owen Wilson. That's right — Owen Wilson is starring in a thriller!
The Coup tells the story of an American family who relocate to Southeast Asia, only to find themselves caught in the middle of, you guessed it, a coup. In a dangerous environment in which foreigners are being executed, they're forced to quickly find refuge.
John Erick Dowdle, who directed the 2010 M. Night Shyamalan-produced horror movie Devil, will helm Coup from his own co-written script. The movie is due out next year.
Former 007 Brosnan's most notable upcoming project is 2013's A Long Way Down, based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name. Wilson, meanwhile, has, among other high-profile movies in the works, Freezing People Is Easy, just the second non-documentary from The Fog of War filmmaker Errol Morris.
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A Los Angeles apartment building falls prey to something very nasty--won’t you come along for the ride? A TV news crew accompanies a fire company to a Los Angeles apartment building where something has gone wrong. VERY wrong. For the next 90 minutes the characters--and the audience--embark on a grimy gritty shock-filled rollercoaster ride through the hallways of an apartment building that is soon under siege by both a threat inside and the obligatory threat (i.e. the authorities who are always interested in keeping the lid on things) outside. It’s never really explained what the pesky pestilence is that kick-starts this horror thriller nor does it really matter. As seen through the lens of the TV cameraman (Steve Harris) the audience gets a good jolt of high-concept horror in the tradition of The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield--but certainly more effective and better-rendered than the latter. It’s a pure edge-of-the-seat horror-fied (and horror-fried) adrenaline rush which should find great favor with fans of the genre. This is not a movie about acting unless acting is determined by how well people play under pressure. This is a concept movie a gimmick movie. The actors are merely there to fulfill their functions--show up scream and die--which they do with solid dispatch. Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter as the TV reporter-cum-heroine-by-default looks dynamite and screams even better. Jay Hernandez as a friendly fireman portrays manly panic quite well. He’s a hero and he’s a hunk but oh boy are the odds stacked against him! The majority of the ensemble cast ends up as fodder but they manage to make a positive impression that hurries this film along. This is not an actor’s movie but the actors most certainly do their part to keep the proceedings moving along. The real star of the show is Minnesota-born filmmaker John Erick Dowdle who maintains a relentless pace that serves this story--and the intended audience--very well indeed. If the intent was to make a gory paranoid rollercoaster ride that never lets up then the director has succeeded. You want to read more into it? Go ahead. I’m going for a drink to settle my nerves!