Seven weeks of principal photography begins today on GOOD, based on the Tony® Award wining stage play by CP Taylor, with Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A History of Violence) in the lead role of John Halder.
Mortensen will star alongside British actors Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Patriot), Jodie Whittaker (Venus, St. Trinians) and Mark Strong (Stardust, Oliver Twist; Syriana). The screenplay is adapted by John Wrathall, and will be helmed by award-winning director Vicente Amorim. Produced by Good Films Ltd, finance provided by the Aramid Entertainment, specialists in the provision of entertainment finance.
GOOD examines the life of ‘everyman’ John Halder (Mortensen), a ‘good’ and decent individual with family problems: a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from senile dementia. A literary professor, Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Seemingly inconsequential decisions lead to choices, which lead to more choices…with eventually devastating effect.
The film also stars Anastasia Hille (The Wisdom of Crocodiles), Ruth Gemmell (Fever Pitch), Gemma Jones (Sense & Sensibility), David de Keyser (The Statement), Ralph Riach (Copying Beethoven), Guy Henry (V for Vendetta), Kevin Doyle (The Libertine), Steven Elder (Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God) and Steven Mackintosh (The Mother; Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).
“GOOD is everything you don’t expect from a period film set against such a calamitous moment in history,” says director Vicente Amorim.
“It’s colourful, exciting, funny and utterly relevant. This film involves us in the buzz of a nation on the rise where anything is possible and ‘good’ people get caught up in a stampede that is heading over a cliff.”
Odd Lot International will be handling foreign sales for the film beginning at the 2007 Cannes International Film Festival. “We are thrilled to be associated with a project of this caliber and to bring it to the international marketplace,” stated Brian O’Shea, head of Odd Lot International. “The script is first-rate and the director has genuine vision that we know will translate well to the screen, especially with the presence of Viggo and the rest of the cast.”
The film has already pre-sold to a number of key markets including the UK with Lionsgate/BBC. Domestic sales will be repped by Stuart Manashil of CAA and Graham Taylor of Endeavor. Good is made in collaboration with Laurin Entertainment, Hungary.