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Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers cast in psychological thriller ‘Black Butterfly’

Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers cast in psychological thriller 'Black Butterfly'
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LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) — Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are to co-star in director Brian Goodman’s psychological thriller Black Butterfly.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group and Silvio Muraglia’s Paradox Studios are financing and producing the film, with Mikael Wiren and Alexandra Klim executive producing, and Marc Frydman serving as producer.

The movie is based on the French film Papillon Noir written by Hervé Korian. Justin Stanley and Steve Hilts are penning the screenplay for the re-make.

“Paul, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter, picks up a drifter and offers him a place to stay,” a synopsis said. “However, when the deranged stranger takes Paul hostage and forces him to write, their unhinged relationship brings buried secrets to light.”

Principal photography is slated to begin next month in Italy, the producers announced Thursday.

“This is a film where emotions cascade as the story unfolds with twists and turns that create unrelenting drama and thrills,” Iervolino said in a statement. “To pull it off, you need an actor with real gravitas and proven connectivity with audiences, so we feel fortunate to have Antonio step into this incredible role and do what he does best — own a role and deliver amazing performances.”

“We are thrilled to be producing a film with such amazing talent on both sides of the camera. Antonio is a powerful force on screen and has a role here that will tap into his amazing versatility as an actor. On the other side of the camera, we couldn’t be happier to put this film in the hands of Brian, whose vision and passion for this project is tremendously inspiring,” Bacardi added.

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