Los Angeles, CA – Antonio Banderas (Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Expendables 3) and Golden Globe® winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Mission: Impossible III, The Tudors) will star in the psychological thriller Black Butterfly, directed by Brian Goodman (What Doesn’t Kill You). Principal photography is slated to begin in May in Italy.
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group and Silvio Muraglia’s Paradox Studios are financing and producing Black Butterfly. Mikael Wiren and Alexandra Klim are Executive Producing. Producer Marc Frydman is also producing. The is based on the French film Papillon Noir written by Hervé Korian. Justin Stanley (Stigmata) and Steve Hilts are adapting a new screenplay for the film.
In this taut psychological thriller, Paul (Banderas), a down on his luck screenwriter, picks up a drifter (Rhys Meyers) and offers him a place to stay. However, when the deranged stranger takes Paul hostage and forces him to write, their unhinged relationship brings buried secrets to light.
AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the AMBI Group, is handling global sales and will be introducing the project to buyers in Cannes.
“This is a film where emotions cascade as the story unfolds with twists and turns that create unrelenting drama and thrills,” said Iervolino. “To pull it off, you need an actor with real gravitas and proven connectivity with audiences so we feel fortunate to have Antonio step into this incredible role and do what he does best – own a role and deliver amazing performances.”
Banderas who recently starred in Patricia Riggen’s The 33 will once again play that number, as it was recently announced that the will be playing Pablo Picasso in the Spanish production of 33 Dias (33 Days) which is slated for 2017.
Banderas is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency, Management firm Media Art Management, and law firm Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.