Lionsgate’s debuted a new trailer and poster for Spinning Man, a mystery thriller from director Simon Kaijser. The dramatic thriller stars Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential, Memento, The King’s Speech), Pierce Brosnan (No Escape, The Ghost Writer, The Son), and Minnie Driver (Grosse Point Blank, Speechless) and is set to open in select theaters (and On Demand) on April 6, 2018.
The cast of Spinning Man also includes Jamie Kennedy (The Scream series, Ghost Whisperer) and Clark Gregg (The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). It also features Odeya Rush (Lady Bird), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Straight Outta Compton), and Freya Tingley (Once Upon a Time).
Kaijser directed from a script by Matt Aldrich. Keith Arnold and Ellen Wander served as producers on the R-rated (for some language including sexual references) thriller.
Spinning Man is based on the book of the same name by George Harrar. The Spinning Man was Harrar’s second novel and was released in 2003.
Harrar offers a lengthy explanation on his website as to where the idea for the story came from. “A few years ago a teenage girl disappeared from a lake in a small town in Massachusetts, west of where I live,” said Harrar in December 2012. “News reports said that the police were interested in a suspicious white car seen in the parking lot about the time of the disappearance. I began wondering about who was in that car and for what reason he (I presumed a ‘he’) might not come forward to the police. If the driver were guilty of an abduction, of course he wouldn’t present himself to the authorities. But there seemed to me to be good reasons why an innocent man might also not want to step into the limelight. Becoming the object of suspicion can be a traumatic experience, especially when it’s so difficult to prove that you did not do something.”
The Plot: Evan Birch (Guy Pearce) is a family man and esteemed professor at a distinguished college, where his charm and reputation have made his philosophy class very popular. When a female student named Joyce goes missing, Evan’s previous off-campus dalliances make his wife (Minnie Driver) question his alibi. Gruff police Detective Malloy (Pierce Brosnan) has even more reason to be suspicious when crucial evidence makes Evan the prime suspect in Joyce’s disappearance. Suddenly, the questions Evan faces aren’t merely academic – they’re a matter of life or death.