Focus Features and FilmNation Entertainment announced today that they will begin production on crime drama The Outfit. The Outfit marks the feature directorial debut of Academy Award winner Graham Moore (The Imitation Game), who will direct from his own screenplay which is co-written with actor/writer Johnathan McClain (Mad Men). Academy Award winner Mark Rylance (The Trial of the Chicago 7), Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner series), Zoey Deutch (Set It Up) and Johnny Flynn (Emma) are set to star. Producers are Scoop Wasserstein, Ben Browning and Amy Jackson. Production is set to begin in March in London. FilmNation Entertainment will finance the film and has sold rights to Focus Features to distribute the film worldwide with CAA Media Finance co-repping the US rights sale. The reteaming of FilmNation Entertainment and Focus Features follows the success of their partnership on critically acclaimed Promising Young Woman. Academy Award® nominee Dick Pope (Mr. Turner) will serve as Director of Photography. Academy Award nominee Gemma Jackson (Aladdin) will serve as Production Designer. Academy Award winner William Goldenberg (Argo) will serve as Editor. Zac Posen and Sophie O’Neill will serve as Costume Designers.
The film follows Leonard (Rylance), an English tailor who used to craft suits on London’s world-famous Savile Row. But after a personal tragedy, he’s ended up in Chicago, operating a small tailor shop in a rough part of town where he makes beautiful clothes for the only people around who can afford them: A family of vicious gangsters.
“A truly great film starts with fantastic writing, and we’re thrilled to have Graham’s talent drive this film to its full potential as a highly entertaining crime drama,” said FilmNation Entertainment CEO Glen Basner. “We couldn’t think of a better home for this film than with the talented and likeminded team at Focus and can’t wait to gear up for yet another production during a time when our industry needs great films more than ever.”