Shea Whigham (“Modern Love,” First Man), two-time Academy Award® nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight) and Zach Avery (The White Crow, Last Moment of Clarity) have boarded The Gateway alongside previously announced Olivia Munn. Emmy Award nominee Michele Civetta (The Executrix, Premonitions) is attached to direct. Andrew Levitas will produce under his Metalwork Pictures banner alongside Stephen Israel.
The Gateway follows Parker, a downtrodden social worker in the grips of alcoholism, assigned to the care of the daughter of single mother, Dahlia, in this neo-noir thriller. When husband Mike is released early from prison and sweeps his family back into a world of crime after a failed drug bust, Parker intervenes blurring the lines between professional obligations and personal desires. Outmatched and outgunned, Parker must turn to the father who abandoned him as a child to seek redemption and to help protect the only family he’s ever known.
Whigham recently appeared in Adam McKay’s Vice starring Christian Bale and Damien Chazelle’s First Man starring Ryan Gosling. He is currently in post-production on Warner Bros.’ Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Dern was nominated for an Academy Award® for his starring role in Nebraska directed by Alexander Payne and his supporting role in Hal Ashby’s Coming Home. Other credits include: White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey for Columbia Pictures; Chappaquiddick alongside Jason Clarke, Kate Mara; and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained. He can currently be seen in Focus Features’ The Mustang, and this summer he will co-star inTarantino’s highly anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for Columbia Pictures.
Avery recently appeared in Ralph Fiennes’ The White Crow which Sony Pictures Classics is releasing on April 26th and Last Moment of Clarity starring Brian Cox and Samara Weaving.
Metalwork Pictures recently wrapped principal photography on Minamata which was directed by Levitas and starring Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe winner Johnny Depp as celebrated war photographer W. Eugene Smith.
Whigham is represented by CAA. Dern is repped by Innovative Artists. Avery is repped by Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman. Civetta is repped by WME.