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Cannes Market: Cornish & Gleeson Form an Unlikely Pair in 'An Ordinary Man'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 8, 2012 at 4:07PM

Abbie Cornish and Brendan Gleeson will co-star in that rare thing these days, an original script. Brad Silberling, "The "City of Angels" and "Moonlight Mile" helmer, wrote and will direct dramatic thriller "An Ordinary Man," which follows the unlikely relationship between a fictitious war criminal in hiding and his maid.
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Abbie Cornish at VF party

Abbie Cornish and Brendan Gleeson will co-star in that rare thing these days, an original script. Brad Silberling, "The "City of Angels" and "Moonlight Mile" helmer, wrote and will direct dramatic thriller "An Ordinary Man," which follows the unlikely relationship between a fictitious war criminal in hiding and his maid, who is his only human contact.

Silberling will also produce through his Reveal Entertainment, along with Disruptive Media, Chris Miller, James Burke and Michael Richter; David Lonner serves at exec producer.

The film will start production this fall in Belgrade, Serbia. Radiant Films International is shopping the film at Cannes. Radiant's Mimi Steinbauer says: “Brad has written one of the smartest scripts I have read in a while.  It’s an intelligent, complex story and a great character study of people in conflict."

While Cornish played a supporting role in hit thriller "Limitless" starring Bradley Cooper, her other recent films -- Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" and Madonna's "W.E." -- were critical and box office disappointments, especially compared to "Bright Star," "Candy" and "Somersault," in which she shined. Good things lie ahead for the Australian actress; she stars in drug-smuggling drama "The Girl," which just debuted at Tribeca, and she's wrapped production on "Seven Psychopaths," from director Martin McDonagh (who directed Gleeson in "In Bruges").

Gleeson's turn in last year's "The Guard" was a hit and garnered him a Golden Globe nomination, among others. He's also recently appeared in "Safe House" and "The Raven." Among his other projects in the works are Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep," "Calvary" with his "Guard" director John Michael McDonagh (the other McDonagh brother), and "At Swim-Two-Birds," which he adapted from Flann O'Brien's novel and plans to direct (the likes of Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Gabriel Byrne have been linked to the project).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.