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Paul Dano, Alicia Vikander, Jude Law and Zach Galifianakis will star in the political thriller THE WIZARD OF THE KREMLIN

Paolo Dano, Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, Zach Galifianakis AND Tom Sturridge will star in a political thriller film titled The Wizard of the Kremlinon which it is based By Giuliano da Empoli book of the same name.

The story is set in Russia, in the early 1990s, in the aftermath of the collapse of the USSR. “In a new world that promises freedom and flirts with chaos, a young artist turned television producer, Vadim Baranov, unexpectedly becomes the spin doctor of a promising member of the FSB (formerly KGB), Vladimir Putin.”

The synopsis reads: “Working at the heart of Russian power, Baranov confuses truth with lies, news with propaganda, running the entire society like one big reality show.

“Only his love for the magnetic and free Ksenia can distance him from this dangerous game. The Wizard of the Kremlin sets out to tell Baranov’s story and, through his eyes, tell the dark secrets of the regime he helped build.

The film comes from the director Olivier Assayas from a screenplay he collaborated on Emmanuel Carrère. Assayas spoke about the project saying: “The film will have in common with Carlos AND Wasp network the fact that it will be character-driven, providing exciting roles for strong actors.”

He added: “Beyond the passions of men navigating the dangerous streams of modern politics, we see the powerful cinematic movement of History in the making. It’s drama, it’s action, it’s about trying to make sense of the chaos that is transforming our world in the strangest and most disturbing ways.

Producer Alexis Cassanet added: “Assayas is one of the few contemporary European filmmakers celebrated anywhere, including in America, and he has the power to gather around him first-rate actors eager to accompany him in this project that promises to be subversive and captivating. “

The project has a great cast and it looks like the story will make for an exciting film.

by Joey Paur
Source: Geek Tyrant

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