James McAvoy & Claire Foy to lead STX’s My Son remake
STXfilms has acquired the rights to adapt the French thriller My Son into an English-language pic and has tapped James McAvoy (It: Chapter Two, Dark Phoenix) and Claire Foy (The Crown, The Girl in the Spider’s Web) to lead the remake.
The film, which is set to be directed by original helmer Christian Carion, centers on a man (McAvoy) whose only son goes missing and his journey to the town where his ex-wife (Foy) lives in search of answers. To play a man whose life is clouded by mystery, McAvoy will not be given a script or dialogue — as was the case in the French film — the actor will only be aware of basic aspects of his story, and will have to improvise and react to each moment as it unfolds, while rest of the cast and crew will be aware of the scenes. Carion directed his original film the same way with his lead star improvising the role.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Christian to create My Son for worldwide audiences,” Adam Fogelson, STXfilms Motion Picture Group Chairman, said in a statement. “James will be doing the detective work of the film in real time, on camera, to create real tension for this thriller. We like to support bold and innovative storytelling like My Son, and Claire could not be a more spectacular or exciting choice for this film which is certain to thrill audiences.”
My Son is eyeing a production start date in early November in Scotland, with Carion producing alongside original co-writer Laure Irrman for Une Hirondelle, Vincent Maraval and Brahim Cioua for Wild Bunch International, Rebecca O’Brien for Sixteen Films and Marc Butan for Mad River Pictures.
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