James Marsh's 'Shadow Dancer' Gets Guy Pearce & Rebecca Hall
After winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary with the stellar Man on Wire, director James Marsh moved onto 1980, the second fact-based installment of The Red Riding Trilogy (now available on Netflix Instant). Now Variety reports the director is set to adapt Tom Bradby's novel Shadow Dancer, the story of a young woman who is a former IRA terrorist turned informer for Britain's MI5. Rebecca Hall (The Town) is in talks to take the lead role, and the watchful eyes at The Playlist noticed that Unanimous Pictures also has Guy Pearce listed on their own website as having some sort of role in the film as well.
In the film, the female informer's brothers are still both heavily involved with the IRA while her husband was killed by British security forces. But when she is arrested over an aborted bombing attempt in London, she is forced to reveal her past if she wishes to see her children again. Apparently the script, written by Bradby himself, recently appeared on the Brit List, the UK equivalent of Hollywood's Black List of the best unproduced screenplays in the film industry. Sounds like it could be an interesting thriller, but it's unclear how soon the film will start production. Interested?