Sir Ben Kingsley (“Iron Man 3”) and Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) are set to star in the Danish-Canadian political thriller co-production “Backstabbing for Beginners” for Creative Alliance, Scythia Films and Parts & Labor.
Per Fly (“The Inheritance”) will helm the project which is inspired by Michael Soussan’s critically-acclaimed memoir, Hutcherson plays a young idealist who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil for Food program.
He is thrown into an already fraught post-war Iraq where government agents and power-hungry countries are circling Iraq’s oil reserves like sharks. He seeks answers from his seasoned diplomat boss (Kingsley), but the more he learns the more he suspects a conspiracy at the highest level.
Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Malene Blenkov, Daniel Bekerman and Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen will produce. Shooting begins in January.
Source: Creative Alliance