EW – Charlize Theron and James McAvoy will warm things up next summer in “The Coldest City”. EW has learned Focus Features will release the global action-thriller, which started filming in Europe last November, on August 11, 2017.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Sam Hart, the high-stakes story takes place on the eve of the Berlin Wall’s collapse, when Lorraine Broughton (Theron), a top-level spy for MI6, confronts an espionage ring in Berlin. The station chief, David Percival (McAvoy), is ordered to cooperate with Broughton in order to uncover the truth behind an undercover agent’s mysterious death.
David Leitch, who left John Wick 2 to pursue this project, is directing, based on a script by Kurt Johnstad, who wrote 300 and the upcoming Justice League tie-in film Aquaman.
The Coldest City also stars John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, Til Schweiger, James Faulkner, Eddie Marsan, Roland Møller, Bill Skarsgård, and Toby Jones.
James McAvoy is set to join Charlize Theron in the Focus Features’ spy thriller “The Coldest City,” sources tell Variety.
“John Wick” director David Leitch recently announced he would be helming the pic rather than “John Wick 2,” which will be helmed by his partner Chad Stahelski.
Kurt Johnstad penned the pic about an undercover MI6 officer turns up dead on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and a female super spy by the name of Lorraine Broughton (Theron) must find the list he was smuggling into the West – a log containing the names of every espionage agent working undercover in Berlin. Broughton delves into an underground world of counter-intelligence, defections gone awry and secret assassinations to recover the list, risking her own life to save the lives of the British agents. But, in this world of deceit and double-crossing, one never knows who is working for whom or can really be trusted.
McAvoy recently came on to replace Joaquin Phoenix in M. Night Shyamalan’s next thriller, which will shoot after this film. He can be seen next in Fox’s “Victor Frankenstein” opposite Daniel Radcliffe, which bows on Nov. 25. He will also reprise his role of Professor Charles Xavier in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which bows next summer.