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Casting Watch: Dunst Joins Mortensen and Isaac for Patricia Highsmith Adaptation 'Two Faces of January'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 11, 2012 at 5:32PM

Kirsten Dunst has been cast alongside Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac for "Two Faces of January," the directorial debut of "Drive" screenwriter Hossein Amini.
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Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst has been cast alongside Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac for "Two Faces of January," the directorial debut of "Drive" screenwriter Hossein Amini.

The film is based on the Patricia Highsmith novel of the same title and set in Athens, where a con man (Mortensen) accidentally kills a politician, and then must go on the run with his wife (Dunst) and an American tutor (Isaac). Principal location shooting in Greece and Turkey will begin October 1.

Studio Canal and Working Title, which produced last year's critical and arthouse box office success "Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy," are partnering to produce.

Studio Canal executive VP Ron Halpern compares the story of "Two Faces of January" to other Highsmith novels and film adaptations "Strangers on a Train" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Like those titles, "Two Faces" features a dark, complex relationship between the two male leads.

This article is related to: Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Studio Canal, Working Title, Two Faces of January


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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.