Chris Pine and Michelle Williams Set to Star in 'All the Old Knives'

Posted 2017/05/05 0 0

'The Theory of Everything' helmer James Marsh is in talks to direct.


Chris Pine and Michelle Williams are in negotiations to co-star in the Mark Gordon Company’s spy thriller “All the Old Knives,” sources tell Variety. “Theory of Everything” helmer James Marsh is also in negotiations to direct, the sources add.

Set in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the pair play ex-lovers Henry and Celia, one a CIA spy and one an ex-CIA spy, who meet for dinner. They relive their memories of the disastrous hijacking of Royal Jordanian Flight 127, which ended in the death of all on board, a failure that haunts the agency to this day. However, Henry has an ulterior motive, is he there to rekindle the romance or to get to the bottom of a conspiracy?

A synopsis of "All the Old Knives" via Amazon:

Six years ago in Vienna, terrorists took over a hundred hostages, and the rescue attempt went terribly wrong. The CIA's Vienna station gathered intel during those tense hours, assimilating facts from the ground and from an agent on the inside. So when it all went wrong, the question had to be asked: Had their agent been compromised, and how?

Two of the CIA's case officers in Vienna, Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison, were lovers at the time, and on the night of the hostage crisis Celia decided she'd had enough. She left the agency, married and had children, and now lives in idyllic Carmel-by-the-Sea. Henry is still a case officer in Vienna, and has traveled to California to see her one more time, to relive the past, maybe, or to put it behind him once and for all. But neither of them can forget that long-ago question: Had their agent been compromised? If so, how? Each also wonders what role tonight's dinner companion might have played in the way the tragedy unfolded six years ago.

The Mark Gordon Company and eOne will finance. Olen Steinhauer (author of “The Tourist”) adapted the screenplay from his novel of the same name. Nick Wechsler will produce with Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz, along with Chockstone’s Roger Schwartz who will serve as a co-producer. MGC’s Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will executive produce, with Sara Smith overseeing the project on behalf of MGC.

Both Michelle Williams and Chris Pine are coming off of very strong performances in Manchester By The Sea and Hell or High Water. Williams recently wrapped Fox’s musical The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman. Pine next stars as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman, and earlier this year wrapped Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.

Variety broke the story first earlier today.