Netflix Picks Up Australian Crime-Thriller Starring Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris ‘The Stranger’ – The Hollywood Reporter

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Netflix has acquired Thomas M. Wright’s Australian crime thriller The Stranger, which had its world premiere in Cannes earlier this yr, with plans to launch the movie globally in October.

Starring Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris, the movie comes from See-Noticed Movies, Nameless Content material and Blue Tongue Movies, and revolves round two strangers who strike up a dialog on an extended journey. One is a suspect in an unsolved lacking individual’s case, whereas the opposite is an undercover operative on his path. Their uneasy friendship is on the core of the plot, primarily based on the true story of one of many largest investigations and undercover operations in Australia.

“With The Stranger I needed to make a psychological crime movie that took audiences into a spot that’s hidden — a movie that was genuine and practical in its element, but additionally immersive and cinematic. A movie that demanded consideration and funding. A movie that an viewers might lean into – and fall into,” mentioned Wright, who as an actor got here to consideration in Jane Campion’s sequence High of the Lake (additionally produced by See-Noticed Movies).  

“I centred the movie on individuals who didn’t know the sufferer, however who devoted years of their lives — and their psychological and bodily well being — to them; as a result of although violence is the explanation for this movie, it’s not its topic. Its topic is the connections between individuals. That implies that, for me, it is a movie outlined by empathy,” Wright continued.

Wright added: “For an unbiased Australian movie to premiere in Official Choice in Cannes — after which be delivered to the biggest viewers wherever as a Netflix movie is unprecedented. We couldn’t be extra happy with this movie or to be partnering with Netflix to launch it to an worldwide viewers.”

Earlier than its launch on Netflix, The Stranger may have a theatrical launch in Australia, the place it’s going to additionally premiere on the Melbourne Worldwide Movie Pageant on 5 August.


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