For his last film, The Conspirator, Robert Redford put together one hell of an ensemble cast. Pulling together names like James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Racehl Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Justin Long, Danny Huston, James Badge Dale, Stephen Root and about a hundred others, there wasn’t a scene where you didn’t recognize at least three faces. Sadly the film didn’t do to well, receiving lackluster reviews from critics and only managing to pull in $11 million on a $25 million budget, but Redford hopes to turn his luck around on his next film and is crafting quite the ensemble this time around too.
According to Variety, Anna Kendrick, Terrence Howard, Brendan Gleeson and Sam Elliott, as well as America’s Got Talent finalist Jackie Evancho, have signed on for Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep. The five actors join a stellar group that already includes Shia LaBeouf, Brit Marling, Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Richard Jenkins, Julie Christie, Stephen Root, Stanley Tucci, Chris Cooper and Redford himself. The story follows a former Weather Underground member (Redford) who has been on the run from the FBI for over 30 years. His cover is blown by a young journalist (LaBeouf) who then proceeds to hunt him down in order to make a name for himself.
In the movie, both Kendrick and Howard will play members of the FBI. Kendrick is an old girlfriend of LaBeouf’s character who feeds him information, while Howard is the top man on the case. Gleeson will play a cop who investigated Redford’s crimes back in the 1960s, while Elliot will be a player in the marijuana trade that employs Julie Christie’s character. Lastly, Evancho will play Redford’s 11 year old daughter who doesn’t know about her father’s history.
Based on the book by Neil Gordon and adapted by Lem Dobbs, the film has already begun shooting in Vancouver.