Matthew Saville

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.

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Though he’s primarily known for the recent acting work he’s done in movies like Warrior and Animal Kingdom, Joel Edgerton is a man who’s been on the scene for a while, and not just as an actor, but as a writer too. As a matter of fact, the next project he has on his plate is a film called Felony, that he both wrote the screenplay for and is set to star in. Not much is yet known about the film, except that it’s about a decorated police officer who runs a cyclist off the road while driving intoxicated and then lies about it, and it’s going to be directed by fellow Australian Matthew Saville. Given Edgerton’s ability to work both as a performer and as a creator, one has to wonder if he’s ever considered taking that extra step and trying to direct a film as well as write and star in it. Well, it turns out he has. While he was doing some press for his current job, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Cinema Blend asked the actor if he ever wanted to try his hand at sitting in the director’s chair, and he had this to say, “Yeah, absolutely! I’ve got plans to do that. There’s something that I want to make, if I can, next year.”

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Aussie multi-hyphenate Joel Edgerton has a full plate (we will next see him in The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Great Gatsby, and Zero Dark Thirty orwhateveritiswerecallingitnow), but that’s not stopping him from expanding his resume to continue to include writing and directing ventures. News from Cannes reveals that Edgerton will next star in Felony, a film to be directed by Matthew Saville from Edgerton’s own script. Edgerton previously co-wrote The Square, a nasty little film noir with a big bite, and he’s also penned a number of shorts for Blue-Tongue Films (the Aussie conglomerate that also includes his brother Nash Edgerton, Kieran Darcy-Smith, David Michod, Spencer Susser, and more). Felony will center on Edgerton’s character, a lauded police officer who makes the critical mistake of driving home after imbibing “a celebration drink with his team after the long waited bust of a major gang, [he] runs a young cyclist off the road. As he gives CPR to the child, fellow officers arrive to take his statement. In a split second decision he tells them a lie about the accident which will change all their lives in this edge of your seat thriller.” If you’re familiar with The Square, you’ll know just how adept Edgerton is at crafting thrillers that spin wildly (yet believably) out of control. Felony sounds like a perfect fit.

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