Working Title is delighted to announce that Tim Robbins and Derek Luke will head the cast in Phillip Noyce's Hotstuff, a political thriller based on the true story of Patrick Chamusso, an ordinary man forced to resort to terror. The film is set in a turbulent and divided South Africa in the nineteen eighties and the present day.
Tim Robbins plays a charismatic policeman who investigates Patrick and his family. Robbins' acting credits include roles in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, Robert Altman's The Player and Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption. As a director he made Bob Roberts and the acclaimed Dead Man Walking for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Direction. He is currently to be seen starring in Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds.
Derek Luke plays Patrick, the saboteur sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for his daring solo attacks against the brutal regime. His recent credits include Friday Night Lights and Antwone Fisher.
The film also stars Bonnie Mbuli (Drum) who Phillip Noyce describes as "possessing a spellbinding beauty combined with an extraordinary screen charisma. Watching her act in her screen test I got the feeling I was there at the very beginning of a brilliant career."
Hotstuff is written by Shawn Slovo and produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anthony Minghella and Robyn Slovo. Sydney Pollack serves as executive producer.
Principal photography will commence in August on location in and around Johannesburg, Cape Town and Mozambique.
Over his thirty year career, Phillip Noyce has made significant and memorable films both in his home country Australia, including Newsfront, Heatwave, Dead Calm and more recently the award-winning The Quiet American and Rabbit Proof Fence; and in Hollywood, where he has directed Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Bone Collector.
Shawn Slovo has written the screenplays for John Madden's Captain Corelli's Mandolin, adapted from the celebrated book by Louis de Bernieres, and A World Apart, an autobiographical film based on her childhood. This is her third collaboration with Working Title.
Robyn Slovo co-produced Norman Jewison's The Statement and produced Lynne Ramsay's Morvern Callar. She is the executive producer on the forthcoming Alpha Male and Mischief Night which is currently in production.