Anonymous Content (Boy Erased, Dickinson) and See-Saw Films (Lion, Widows) are producing the new Australian crime drama set to star Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris (Mission Impossible films, The King).
Based on a script by director Thomas M. Wright, “The Unknown Man is based on an incredible real-life Australian sting operation. Two men who meet on a plane strike up a conversation that turns into friendship. For Henry Teague (Harris), worn down by a lifetime of physical labour and crime, this is a dream come true. His new friend Mark (Edgerton) becomes his saviour and ally. What Henry doesn’t know is that Mark is a seasoned undercover officer – working to convict Henry for an unsolved murder committed years prior,” according to the press release.
“Already lauded as a director with a distinctive voice, Thomas has written a unique and exceptional script to highlight the incredible story behind how a shocking crime was ultimately solved. Joel has been an ardent supporter since the start and alongside Sean will no doubt bring a level of integrity and gravitas to the fascinating story and relationship between two very different men,” said See-Saw Films’ producers Rachel Gardner, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman in the statement.
“I am entirely thrilled by the screenplay that Thomas has written and his approach to bringing the story to life,” added Edgerton. “As an actor, I know I will have an incredible experience working with him, and as a producer I am honoured to be partnering with a filmmaker with such a brilliant future. I also feel very privileged to continue my successful relationship with Anonymous Content and deepen ties with See-Saw Films as we all embark on this film together. It’s an incredible team behind this project that will support and harness the talent of Thomas M. Wright moving forward and I couldn’t be more excited.”
A highly respected actor (Sweet Country, Top of the Lake), Wright certainly made an impression with Acute Misfortune, which was also based on a true of two men – artist Adam Cullen and journalist Erik Jensen. The critics sung the film’s praises but it unfortunately didn’t resonate as much with audiences, no doubt due to the confrontational subject matter. The Unknown Man, which taps into the public’s thirst for true crime, will prove more accessible.
Local streamer Stan., which recently partnered with Transmission Films on the release of True History of the Kelly Gang, is on board the project from inception.