Caleb Landry Jones is set to star in U.K. drama Harvest from Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari (Chevalier) and produced by Ken Loach and Rebecca O’Brien’s Sixteen Films, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
News of the film answers a major question hanging over the Venice Film Festival, where Landry Jones touched down this week as the lead in Luc Besson’s dark thriller Dogman. At the film’s press conference on Thursday and in later interviews, Landry Jones spoke throughout with a thick Scottish accent, with Besson saying that he was method acting for a new role. “It’s not his normal voice,” the director explained. “He needs to stay in character.”
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THR can now reveal that this role is for Harvest, Tsangari’s first feature since her multi-award-winning comedy-drama Chevalier.
Based on the award-winning 2013 novel of the same name by Jim Crace, the feature is to be produced by Sixteen Films’ O’Brien and Joslyn Barnes for New York-based Louverture Films, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated Capernaum. Barnes has also written the script.
The novel — which won the Man Booker Prize in 2013 — is set in a medieval English village that comes under threat when a trio of outsiders arrive from beyond the woodland borders, triggering a series of events.
Landry Jones — who won the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2021 for his performance in Nitram — has been widely praised for his full-throated performance in Dogman, which has received mixed critical acclaim after premiering on Aug. 31.
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