Farmiga, Strong Get “Closer To The Moon”

Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air”) and Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”) have joined Nae Caranfil’s Russia-set period drama “Closer to the Moon” reports Deadline.

Strong plays Max Rosenthal, the former head of a Bucharest police criminal investigation unit. He and four prominent Jews pulled off a bank robbery while assuring the crowds they were filming a movie.

The group are tried and sentenced to death, but only after the communist government forces them to re-enact their crime in a propaganda film.

Farmiga plays Max’s former lover and mother of his child, who returns from studying in Moscow. Michael Fitzgerald is producing and shooting begins in the early Fall in Bucharest.