Andrew Garfield & Michael Shannon Join Ramin Bahrani's '99 Homes'
by Ethan Anderton
November 6, 2013
This past summer, Michael Shannon stepped into blockbuster territory as General Zod in Man of Steel, and Andrew Garfield suited up for The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 and will be returning as the hero next summer, and every other summer until 2018. Now the two stars are teaming up for a smaller film as Deadline reports Garfield and Shannon will star in 99 Homes, a drama set in the heart of the economic crisis that has people losing their jobs, homes and grasp on life. At Any Price and Chop Shop director Ramin Bahrani will be at the helm of the film written by Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi‐Khoie.
The story follows an unemployed contractor (presumably Garfield, though he seems too young for the role) who gets evicted from his family home with his mother and his nine‐year old son. Desperate to get his home back, he strikes a deal to work for the powerful, greedy, charming, gun‐toting real estate broker (Shannon) who evicted him. While it puts a roof over his daughter’s head, becoming the broker’s apprentice puts the contractor in a moral bind where he must decide if providing a home for his family is worth sacrificing his soul and values. Garfield is also producing the film which is being shopped around AFM by Hyde Park Entertainment and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. With this kind of talent, the project shouldn't have trouble getting support, but the story sounds pretty tragic and somber, so we're unsure how this will play out.