Hey, who knew it was going to be actors writing their own scripts day? First Chris Pine, now Joel Edgerton. Deadline reports that Edgerton will star in “Felony,” a script that he wrote and will produce. Matthew Saville is directing. The project is being sold at Cannes this week.
The story is about:
“…a police officer who runs a young cyclist off the road. As he gives CPR to the child, fellow officers arrive to take his statement. In a split second decision he tells them a lie about the accident which will change all their lives.”
Does the kid live or not? That makes a big difference. Sounds like it could be good.
I’m a fan of actors taking charge of their own material. If you’re upset with the lack of roles out there for you, write something that’s just right for you (and hope that the studios don’t say, “We need a Joel Edgerton type,” not actually Joel Edgerton). I’m not suggesting that writing is easy or anyone can do it. Indeed, few can. However, you’d think that most actors could at least come up with a story to bring to a writer to collaborate with, even the barest bones of an outline. The studio is going to hire a writer to rewrite it and make it professional anyway. So yeah, good for you, Joel.
Edgerton is currently filming Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama Bin Laden film “Zero Dark Thirty,” which will be released in late December, right around the same time as “The Great Gatsby,” in which he plays Tom Buchanan. Before that, Edgerton will be seen in “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” this summer.