Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Sundance Dealbook: The Devil's Double Goes to Lionsgate

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 4, 2011 at 12:35AM

Devil's Double was one of the stranger films I saw at Sundance. It stars Dominic Cooper (An Education) in the true story of Latif Yahia, an Iraq soldier who happens to be a dead ringer for the son of Saddam Hussein, Uday. Cooper plays both roles in a breakout performance. The soldier gets pulled into the palace and is forced under threat to his family to become the scion's double. He fixes his teeth and hair and makes public appearances. But he also falls for the wrong girl (Ludivine Sagnier). The movie is compelling, sexy, action-packed and stylishly shot by New Zealander Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors). But it is also overwrought and often silly. I laughed out loud at certain points. And I was not alone.
0
Thompson on Hollywood

Devil's Double was one of the stranger films I saw at Sundance. It stars Dominic Cooper (An Education) in the true story of Latif Yahia, an Iraq soldier who happens to be a dead ringer for the son of Saddam Hussein, Uday. Cooper plays both roles in a breakout performance. The soldier gets pulled into the palace and is forced under threat to his family to become the scion's double. He fixes his teeth and hair and makes public appearances. But he also falls for the wrong girl (Ludivine Sagnier). The movie is compelling, sexy, action-packed and stylishly shot by New Zealander Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors). But it is also overwrought and often silly. I laughed out loud at certain points. And I was not alone.

Lionsgate has landed North American rights to the movie, in partnership with financeer Herrick Entertainment. The distrib also picked up at Sundance, in partnership with Roadside, J.C. Chandor's Margin Call.

Yahia's memoir was adapted for the screen by Michael Thomas (The Hunger) and produced by Corsan’s Paul Breuls and Catherine Vandeleene, with Corrino Media Group’s Michael John Feddun and Stacatto’s Emjay Rechsteiner. Harris Tulchin of Tulchin Entertainment and Arjen Terpstra are exec producers.

This article is related to: Festivals, Independents, Sundance, Lionsgate/Roadside


E-Mail Updates








Thompson on Hollywood

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.