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In the Works: Jason Clarke and Omar Sy Set to Star in 'Syriana' Writer/Director Stephen Gaghan's 'Candy Store'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 4, 2013 at 8:48PM

Good Universe and Lionsgate announced today that actors Jason Clarke and Omar Sy are set to star in the new film by Oscar-winning writer/director Stephen Gaghan, "Candy Store."
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Candy Store

Good Universe and Lionsgate announced today that actors Jason Clarke and Omar Sy are set to star in the new film by Oscar-winning writer/director Stephen Gaghan, "Candy Store."

Both actors have been cast on the heels of a successful 2012. Clarke recently starred opposite Jessica Chastain in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," and will appear next month in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." French co-star Sy starred last year in the official French Oscar submission "The Intouchables," and beat eventual Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin for the best actor Cesar.

Gaghan nabbed a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2001 for Steven Soderbergh's ensemble drama "Traffic," and was nominated again in 2006 for his original screenplay of "Syriana," a film Gaghan also directed.

Like those films, "Candy Store" interweaves disparate storylines amid a criminal milieu. Clarke will play a covert operative up against a king pimp (Sy) in Brooklyn. Gaghan will direct and produce from a script he co-wrote with Shannon Burke, consultant on "Syriana" and co-producer of Gaghan's directorial debut, the B-thriller "Abandon" (2002).

Good Universe will present the forthcoming film to buyers at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and Lionsgate will distribute in North America.


This article is related to: Stephen Gaghan, Omar Sy, Jason Clarke, Cannes Film Festival


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