Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Infinity War) and Jamie Dornan (the Fifty Shades films) are said to be in negotiations to take on starring roles in Synchronic. The film’s described as a sci-fi thriller and has Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead on board as directors.
“Being huge fans of the nuanced, brilliant work of Anthony and Jamie, this is a filmmaker’s wildest dream come true,” stated Benson and Moorhead. “They each possess an extraordinary depth of personal experiences, humor, and pathos that brings a massive wellspring of humanity to the battle-scarred partnership being portrayed. We’ve found the perfect collaborators to tell a bold, frightening, heartstring-tugging story.”
Benson and Moorhead previously collaborated on The Endless, Spring, and Resolution. The Endless starring Benson, Moorhead, and Tate Ellington currently sits at 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. 2015’s Spring with Lou Taylor Pucci also received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with Empire Magazine saying, “The storytelling is unfussy but still implies backstory and emotional connections that take a while to become clear.”
Benson wrote Synchronic and produces with Moorhead for Rustic Films. David Lawson Jr is also on board as a producer. XYZ Films is handling the thriller’s international sales, and co-handling domestic rights with UTA.
“This is the fourth collaboration between XYZ and these phenomenal filmmakers. Their body of work thus far speaks to their confidence to go against the norm and tell genuine stories that cross genre. We’re honored to work with them again to bring Synchronic to audiences around the world,” said XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin.
Anthony Mackie’s credits include The Hate U Give, Detroit, All the Way, The Night Before, Our Brand is Crisis, and Pain and Gain. He’s currently working on The Woman in the Window, a crime drama directed by Joe Wright and starring Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman.
Jamie Dornan starred in the three films of the Fifty Shades franchise, based on the bestselling books by E.L. James. Dornan also starred in The Fall, Anthropoid, and The 9th Life of Louis Drax. He recently finished work on Robin Hood with Taron Egerton, My Dinner with Herve alongside Peter Dinklage, and A Private War with Rosamund Pike.
The Synchronic Plot:
“The film follows two New Orleans paramedics (Mackie and Dornan) whose lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.”