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Joel Edgerton to make directorial debut on self-penned drama starring Jason Bateman

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 9:37 AM | Anonymous

Joel Edgerton

Aussie Joel Edgerton is set make his feature film directorial debut on his self-penned dramatic thriller, Weirdo (working title). Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) and Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) are on board to star. 

The story follows a husband and wife who relocate to a new town in a bid to reinvigorate their relationship. Their plans are disrupted when an old school friend turns up. 

Production on the film begain in early January and Edgerton, who will play a supporting role in the film, is also producing.

Edgerton can currently be seen starring as Ramses in Exodus: Gods and Kings (Get Tickets). 

His next project to hit theatres is Gavin O'Connor's action-Western Jane Got a Gun opposite Natalie Portman, Noah Emmerich and Ewan McGregor, which is set for release on 4 September, 2015. It follows the story of a woman (Portman) who enlists the help of her ex-lover (Edgerton) to save her husband from a gang out to kill him (led by McGregor). 

Edgerton also will be seen starring in Black Mass, a true crime thriller telling the true story of Boston's violent criminal Whitey Bulger who became an FBI informant. Directed by Scott Cooper, Edgerton plays FBI agent John Connolly. Benedict Bumberbatch, Johnny Depp and Sienna Miller also star.

Black Mass is scheduled to hit theatres 18 September, 2015.

An experienced storyteller and writer, Edgerton wrote and starred in the 2008 feature The Square, which his equally talented brother, Nash Edgerton, directed. He also penned the screenplay for Felony, a thriller in which he stars with Jai Courtney and Melissa George, and the story for The Rover, starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce - both films were released in 2014.

Edgerton also has written several short films, including 2011's Monkeys, which he directed. 

Australians in Film honored Edgerton in 2011 with the Breakthrough Award for his international success. In 2014, AiF presented Joel with the Fox Studios Australia Orry-Kelly International Award for his role in filmmaking collective Blue Tongue Films.

Joel was recently a guest on our podcast - listen here

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