After a somewhat unusual route to the screen – having reached out for some of its financing to audiences – Simon West (The Mechanic) is finally ready to roll cameras on action comedy Salty. With Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In) already cast in the lead, news arrives via Screen International that Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) is set to join him.
Adapted from the novel of the same name by Mark Haskell Smith (The Inheritance), Salty is being pitched as This Is Spinal Tap (1984) meets The Hangover (2009), with Banderas playing veteran rocker Turk Henry who takes his wife Shiela (Kurylenko) on a luxury holiday. When she gets kidnapped by pirates, Turk must then embark on an unlikely rescue mission.
The film got that crowdfunding part of its support from SyndicateRoom, a Kickstarter style platform that offers equity, rather than rewards. West is currently in production in Chile. "I'm delighted Olga has joined Antonio and the rest of the cast. Her talents in both action and comedy make her the perfect Sheila," he said in a statement carried by Screen International. "I'm excited about the prospect of shooting in Chile, I've been very impressed by what I've found here in terms of talent and wonderful locations – I know we're going to make a great movie."
Kurylenko recently joined Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) in Terry Gilliam's (The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus) The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, and she is also part of the cast for Armando Iannucci's (Veep) The Death Of Stalin.