Sunday, 19 February 2017

Jared Leto set to direct police thriller 77

He has certainly taken an interesting method approach to several recent roles, but Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) is looking to branch out. News arrives via Variety that he is set to direct new police thriller 77.

Paramount Pictures have been developing the film, which boasts a screenplay from L.A. Confidential novelist James Ellroy, with Narcos writer David Matthews working on more recent script drafts.

Set in a politically charged 1970s Los Angeles, the film will follow two police officers who partner up to track down and recover heiress Patty Hearst, who had been kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. She ended up sympathising with her captors, and went on the run after six of them were shot in a gun battle with the LAPD. And while that is all going on, the central officers investigate the slaying of one of their colleagues, uncovering a web of corruption and conspiracy.

Law & Order producer Dick Wolf is shepherding this one, which marks Leto's fictional film directorial debut, as he previously oversaw a documentary called Artifact (2012).

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