Paul Dano, Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, and Zach Galifianakis to Star in Political Thriller THE WIZARD OF THE KREMLIN — GeekTyrant

Paul Dano, Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, Zach Galifianakis and Tom Sturridge are set to star in a political thriller film titled The Wizard of the Kremlin, which is based on Giuliano da Empoli’s book of the same name.

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

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

“Only his lovw for the magnetic, free-minded Ksenia can turn him away 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 director Olivier Assayas from a script that he co-wrote with Emmanuel Carrère. Assayas talked 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 fluxes of modern politics, we see the powerful cinematic sweep 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, most disturbing ways.”

Producer Alexis Cassanet added: “Assayas is one of the only contemporary European filmmakers who is celebrated everywhere including in America, and he has the power to rally around him A-list actors who are eager to accompany him on this project which promises to be subversive and captivating.”

The project has a great cast and it sounds like the story will make for a thrilling movie.

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