Uma Thurman is getting ready to act in a European drama based on events leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Parisian screenwriter Xavier Nemo is set to direct The 11th. We only know that Uma Thurman will play an “obsessive cop,” according to Screen Daily.
News of the movie came to light during the Cannes Film Festival last month, where production company LevelK sought investors. Thurman attended the festival to promote a comedy movie she is working on prior to The 11th. The 11th is scheduled to premiere at next year’s Cannes Festival, with a planned release on September 11, 2016, 15 years after the attacks in New York City.
The precise plot has not been revealed, but Uma will be among eight interwoven stories in the 24 hours before the September 11 terrorist attacks. What you might not expect is that Copenhagen, Denmark is the setting. What connection the plot will make between that European capital and New York City is not yet known.
Distributor LevelK reported what Director Xavier Nemo hopes to achieve when shooting begins this fall.
“We all remember precisely where we were that day. I wanted to make it about Memory and the dates that matter. Not politics. I wanted to ‘paint the cave walls’ with a universal redeeming tale of hope, life and love. That’s what brings me to the cinema as a movie goer in the first place!”
The Guardian reveals that Christopher Lee will act alongside Thurman. Lee celebrated his 93rd birthday on May 27. You may remember the him as the wizard Saruman the White from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series. Lee will play an alcoholic and former surgeon suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Uma Thurman’s most remembered moments mostly came while working with Quentin Tarantino. The 45-year-old mother of three had her greatest successes on the Tarantino directed films Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Kill Bill 2. Thurman received numerous award nominations for both films, along with a few wins.
Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol. 1 pic.twitter.com/TksnmtIppM
— Behind the Scenes (@MakingOfs) June 1, 2015
If you’re wondering about Xavier Nemo and his qualifications to direct the elegant Uma in his debut, just look to the last movie he worked on. He won an award for writing Giraffada, a movie about a Palestinian father and son who try to keep a giraffe happy amid West Bank tension. Going from a giraffe to Uma Thurman isn’t as big a jump as you might think.
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