Joel Edgerton’s Drunk Driving Thriller ‘Felony’ Lands a Proven Vet

Tom Wilkinson

Not only is Joel Edgerton a burgeoning star who looks like he’s on the brink of big things in the acting world, he’s also a creative type who’s been writing scripts and directing shorts for a while. So it should come as no surprise that the upcoming thriller, Felony, has his name on its credits as both the writer and the star.

As we learned back in May, Felony is being directed by Matthew Saville (Noise) and will star Edgerton as a generally good officer of the law who makes a big mistake followed by a big moral compromise when his driving home drunk leads to an accident and then his lying about it. As it does in most thrillers, one decision bereft of morality inevitably leads to a downward spiral of very bad things.

Seeing as the film is set to go in front of cameras in late October, the time to fill out the rest of the cast is nigh, and Saville has got himself off to a great start by bringing the experienced and exceptional Tom Wilkinson into the fold. Wilkinson, of course, is a veteran name who’s been working regularly since the early ’80s, but most recently you’ve seen him in joints like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Conspirator, and The Ghost Writer. Here he’ll be playing the role of Detective Carl Summer, the police investigator who arrives on the scene following the Edgerton character’s accident.

Felony financier Lisa Wilson said of the casting, “Tom Wilkinson is one of the most versatile actors around who inhabits every character he plays with an incredible energy and credibility,” while producer Rosemary Blight said, “We had long hoped that Tom would agree to this role. We are thrilled an actor of his intelligence and caliber is on board for this exciting film.” Sure, that may just be empty, press release hype, but their comments bring up a good point. When an actor has been doing work as solid as Wilkinson’s for as long as Wilkinson has been doing it, shouldn’t we treat his casting in new projects as a bigger event than we do? Sure, he’s not the hot new thing, but there’s something to be said for the reliable old standby. Let’s all agree to pour a drink in his honor tonight. [via Coming Soon]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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