Ewan McGregor Joins the Cast of ‘Snowtown’ Director Justin Kurzel’s Next Film

Watching director Justin Kurzel’s Snowtown feels a bit like being subjected to the Ludovico technique. It is painful, a bit nauseating, as these haunting and disturbing images crawl under your skin, you cannot turn away. But it isn’t a violent or perverse film for provocation’s sake—the story is real, and for that, you feel even more ill at ease. However, his chilling debut showcased his talents as a filmmaker, especially one that could take on a very weighty crime thriller with finesse and a subtle fright that made you actually invest in the people committing the heinous crimes and appreicate how well a story like this could be told. And as it was announced last spring, Kurzel’s sophomore film, an adaptation of John Le Carré’s Our Kind of Traitor has been in the works. Although his last film was populated with unknowns, it was rumored earlier in the year that his new project would feature some of Hollywood’s best dramamtic talent—from Jessica Chastain to Ralph Fiennes. But as of late, the first actor officially on board looks to be Ewan McGregor, according to Baz Bamigboye.

Our Kind of Traitor follows, "an English couple who get mixed up with a Russian businessman who turns out to be an oligarch, and one of the world’s biggest money launderers. They get caught up in his plans to defect and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.” Drive writer Hossei Amini will be at the helm penning the script  and presumably McGregor willl be playing one half of the English couple. When I spoke to Kurzel last year, we touched on the nature of violence in film and his affinity for the crime drama, saying “ I feel so many films that are dealing with violence, portraying it onscreen in a heroic way, and that’s fair enough if you’re making a genre film, but if I’m making a film about real events the violence has to be confronting in a way. But the audience experiences it through the character, and it’s far from titillating. I never wanted it to be exotic. What I found so horrific in the case was how the violence came out of a banality and a domesticity.” Kurzel’s second directorial effort will be an exciting one to watch so in the meantime, we’ll be anticipating just who joins the cast next. 

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