Reagent Media today announced Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound, Triple Frontier, On the Road) and Brady Jandreau (The Rider) have signed on to star in Writer/Director Paxton Winters’ next feature, Outside the Wire, following their recent collaboration on San Sebastian Golden Shell winner Pacified. Zahraa Ghandour (Baghdad in My Shadow) is also attached to star. Paula Linhares and Marcos Tellechea (Pacified) of Reagent Media will produce with Rick Rosenthal (Bad Boys, “Transparent”) and Cherien Dabis (Amreeka, May in the Summer) serving as executive producers. Director of Photography Laura Merians will also join the team following her work on Pacified, which won the Camerimage 2019 “Best Cinematographer’s Debut” award and the jury prize for ‘Best Cinematography’ at San Sebastian. Film Constellation is handling international rights with UTA Independent handling North American. Sales will launch at the upcoming Marché du Film Online.
Outside the Wire is Winters’ second script, and was chosen to participate in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter’s Lab. The story follows an American soldier and an Iraqi insurgent who find themselves dependent on each other for their survival, as they are thrust together on a road trip through the perils of the new Iraq. What starts as a journey of hate, will force the men to face their fears and navigate each other to reach their final destination.
Writer/Director Paxton Winters said: “I’m thrilled to be getting our Pacified family back together so soon and for the opportunity to work with the wildly talented and visceral Garrett Hedlund, magnetic Zahraa Ghandour and soulful Brady Jandreau.”
Reagent Media’s Paula Linhares and Marcos Tellechea added: ““It is such a privilege to be able to work once again with Paxton Winters and DOP Laura Merians. Our work together on Pacified helped elevate an important story and bring a voice to an unheard community and we are incredibly proud to continue this effort with Outside the Wire. With the star-studded cast and incredible behind-the-scenes talent, we could not be more excited to bring this story to the big screen.”
Most recently, Hedlund starred in Netflix’s Triple Frontier alongside Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac and Charlie Hunnam, and will next be seen in Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday. He previously starred in Netflix’s Academy Award® nominated Mudbound, Walter Salles’ On the Road, Universal Pictures’ Academy Award® nominated Unbroken from director Angelina Jolie and Ethan & Joel Coen’s Academy Award® nominated Inside Llewyn Davis.
This will be Jandreau’s second film having previouslystarred in Sony Pictures Classics’ The Rider from Chloé Zhao. Ghandour’s previous credits include the thrillers Baghdad in My Shadow and The Journey and the Channel 4 Television Corporation show “Baghdad Central” with Corey Stoll.
Winters most recently wrote and directed Pacified (Pacificado), which was developed closely with community members from ‘Morro dos Prazeres,’ a favela in Rio, Brazil where he’s resided for 8 years. The film garnered three jury prizes at San Sebastian, and was accepted into the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. 20th Century Fox is distributing the film outside of North America with UTA Independent handling domestic sales which are currently underway.
Winters’ first documentary, Silk Road ala Turka, was made while traveling 18 months by camel caravan through China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey. His feature film debut, Crude, about two opportunistic American backpackers who stage their own kidnapping, won the Best Feature Narrative award at the Los Angeles International Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival. Paxton directed the final season of the hit Turkish crime drama series, “Alacakaranlik (Twilight).”
Hedlund is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Jandreau is repped by Anonymous Content. Ghandour is repped by Hannah Hodgkinson and Sandy Erickson. Winters is represented by UTA.