Gerard Butler and Peter Mullan will star as lighthouse keepers fighting for survival in new psychological thriller, Keepers, with filming due to take place in early 2017.
Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) will co-star, with a script from BAFTA Cymru Nominated screenwriter Celyn Jones (co-writer and star of Set Fire to the Stars) and actor/writer Joe Bone (Castles in the Sky). Kristoffer Nyholm, whose TV credits include the first series of The Killing, will direct.
According to the synopsis:
On an uninhabited island 20 miles from the rugged Scottish coast, three lighthouse keepers arrive for their six week shift. As Thomas (Mullan), James (Butler) and Donald (Alwyn) settle into their usual, solitary routines, something unexpected and potentially life-changing occurs – they stumble upon something that isn’t theirs to keep.
Where did it come from? Who does it belong to? A boat appears in the distance that might hold the answer to these questions… What follows is a tense battle for survival as personal greed replaces loyalty – and fed by isolation and paranoia, three honest men are led down a path to destruction.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and Joe Alwyn leading the cast of Keepers, great actors who are deeply committed to this project, and who will go the distance,” said Kristoffer Nyholm. “These men are the strong and unique characters at the heart of this story, which is a journey from innocence to animalistic survival. Keepers was great to read, will be an adventure to make, and terrifying to watch!”
According to co-writers Jones and Bone: “Our objective was to create a unique script that Kristoffer wanted to direct, great actors wanted to perform and a wide audience will want to see. We also wanted to say something poignant about trust and the frailty of the human condition. Keepers has all the shock and awe life can offer, wrapped up in a film that we hope will cling to its audience well after the last reel stops turning in the cinema.”
With financial support from Ffilm Cymru Wales, it’s still uncertain whether the film will be shot in Scotland or Wales.