James McAvoy won't be given a script for his new thriller

Ben Arnold
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Cast member James McAvoy arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Dark Phoenix" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
James McAvoy (Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

James McAvoy will be required to improvise his entire role in new thriller My Son, where he'll star opposite The Crown star Claire Foy.

The movie is a remake of a French movie of the same name, released in May last year, and will be directed by Christian Carion, who also directed the original.

Carion wrote the screenplay for the movie with his wife, Laure Irrmann, and then shot the movie in sequence over six days, not telling his lead actor Guillaume Canet what would be happening next and giving him no script to work from.

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Carion will be doing the same when he makes the movie with McAvoy, with the Scottish actor only being made aware of the rough elements of the plot.

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The X-Men star will then improvise as he goes along, with the rest of the crew aware of what is going to happen.

The plot begins with a phone call to a man from his ex-wife, who tells him that their 7-year-old son has gone missing.

While the mother, to be played by Foy, believes he could have run away, the authorities suspect that he may have been kidnapped.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED)  Actors James McAvoy (L) and Claire Foy pose for a photocall launching the Trafalgar Studios season with 'Macbeth' on February 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
James McAvoy and Claire Foy pose for a photocall launching the Trafalgar Studios season with Macbeth in 2013 (Credit: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

“We’re thrilled to be working with Christian to create My Son for worldwide audiences,” said Adam Fogelson, the chairman of STXfilms.

“James will be doing the detective work of the film in real time, on camera, to create real tension for this thriller. We like to support bold and innovative storytelling like My Son, and Claire could not be a more spectacular or exciting choice for this film which is certain to thrill audiences.”

Filming will take place in Scotland in November, according to Deadline.

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