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Chris Eigeman to direct movie about the atomic bomb

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Chris Eigeman to direct movie about the atomic bomb

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Jesse Eisenberg, Emile Hirsch, and Diane Kruger have all signed on for the upcoming film “Midnight Sun,” about the making of the atomic bomb. The film marks the second feature as director by veteran character actor Chris Eigeman.

Eigeman's razor-sharp, hyper-articulate performances in ‘90s indie films like “Barcelona,” “Kicking and Screaming,” and “The Last Days of Disco” established him as something of an icon (the scene in “The Last Days of Disco” where Eigeman snorts hot black coffee to determine its similarity to cocaine being a particular highlight).

While a few unsuccessful projects followed, Eigeman persevered, appearing in memorable recent appearances on TV's “Girls” and “Bunheads.” In 2007 Eigeman directed his first film, “Turn The River,” which received positive critical notice. For “Midnight Sun,” his follow-up, Eigeman has enlisted Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” as a consultant. (When making a film about the making of the atomic bomb, seeking the help of the person who literally wrote the book on the subject seems a good move.)

“Midnight Sun” will be seeking distribution at the European Film Market, taking place at the Berlin Film Festival. If successful, Eigeman will shoot this summer and aim for a 2014 release date.