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Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall Ex-Lovers for Focus/Working Title Thriller; Plus What's Next for Each

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 7, 2012 at 1:48PM

As we announced last week, Focus Features and Working Title have paired Eric Bana ("Hanna," "Munich") and Rebecca Hall ("The Town," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona") for an untitled thriller. If you've missed Bana and Hall, rest assured they both have a few projects lined up or on their way...
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Bana, Hall

As we announced last week, Focus Features and Working Title have paired Eric Bana ("Hanna," "Munich") and Rebecca Hall ("The Town," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona") for an untitled thriller. If you've missed Bana and Hall, rest assured they both have a few projects lined up or on their way...

Bana is attached to Cary Elwes directorial debut, "Elvis & Nixon" and has completed crime drama "Blackbird" with Olivia Wilde, Sissy Spacek, Charlie Hunnan and Kris Kristofferson. He's also linked to Sheldon Turner's "By Virtue Fall." Hall stars in Nick Murphy's "The Awakening," which premiered at Toronto before getting picked up by Cohen Media Group, and in Stephen Frears' comedy "Lay the Favorite," which just debuted (to poor reviews) at Sundance.

The Australian actor and British actress will begin shooting the untitled thriller this April in the UK, with director John Crowley. The story, from Steven Knight's ("Eastern Promises") script, finds Bana and Hall as ex-lovers working together on a terrorism trial; their lives are put at risk and their loyalties tested. Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and "The Guard"'s Chris Clark are producing, and Focus will be handling international sales at Cannes. Focus says the film will "speak to the heart of the human condition in our time."

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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.