The Cannes Film Festival had begun, and there’s sure to be a lot of stories and announcements coming in the next few days, but one of the first big ones comes from Deadline, involving a new movie called MARGIN CALL. Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto have signed on to star in the corporate thriller, helmed by first time director J.C. Chandor, who also wrote the screenplay.
The movie’s story follows eight employees at a large investment bank during a stressful 24 hours in the midst of a financial crisis. Each characters fights to position themselves ahead of the coming storm. Deadline notes that Myriad Pictures is repping the picture at Cannes, as Qunito’s people at Untitled Entertainment and UTA will be brokering a domestic deal. The film is slated to shoot in Manhattan this summer.
I actually like the idea of these two actors pairing up in a movie. Quinto has an interesting look and edge to his performances, and I think he’s long overdue for a chance to show his abilities outside of a genre picture. As much as I love him in J.J. Abrams’ STAR TREK and as “Sylar” on HEROES, the guy needs something a little more on the straight drama side for a change, and this could be the answer. Spacey is of course born for this type of role. It does seem like he’s been out of the spotlight a bit, perhaps because of all the theater duties with the Old Vic. If this film turns out as good as it sounds, I’ll be there opening day.