By Don Groves
Teresa Palmer, Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman and The Railway Man’s Sam Reid head the cast of 2.22, director Paul Currie’s romantic thriller which starts shooting in Sydney on Monday.
The Dutch-born Huisman plays Dylan, an air traffic controller in New York who nearly causes a fatal mid- air collision at the strike of 2:22.
Forced to go on leave, he meets and falls in love with Palmer’s character Sarah, who coincidentally was one of the passengers on the plane. To his horror Dyan realizes the same patterns in his life are happening every day.
Reid plays Jonas, a high profile New York-based artist who is an ex-boyfriend of Sarah’s. The cast includes Richard Davies as a fellow air traffic controller, John Waters as Dylan’s boss, Maeve Dermody as his ex-girlfriend, Kerry Armstrong and Remy Hii.
“We’re creating a smart, stylized romantic thriller,” Currie tells IF. Much of the film takes place at New York’s Grand Central Central Station, which has been recreated on sets at the Fox Studios.
Creative studio Spinifex Group is creating an in-camera hologram using 3D projector mapping, which Currie says will create a 3D environment in 2D. The DoP is David Eggby.
Huisman’s credits include World War Z and the TV series Treme, Nashville and Orphan Black. Palmer’s busy slate includes Kriv Stenders’ Kill Me Three Times, Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups, Ericson Core’s Point Break remake and John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine.
This is Currie’s second film as director; his first was One Perfect Day in 2004. His directing credits include episodes of TV’s Twentysomething and the feature documentary Every Heart Beats True: The Jim Stynes Story.
He co-wrote the screenplay with American Todd Stein, who got the idea after meeting his future wife at a Buddhist retreat where no one spoke.
Currie’s Lightstream Pictures is producing with Jodi Matterson, Pandemonium’s Bill Mechanic, Walk The Walk Entertainment’s Steve Hutensky and Icon’s Bruce Davey. Jackie O’Sullivan is an EP.
Icon will release in Australia and Good Universe is handling international sales.