Our Brand Is Crisis, starring Sandra and Billy Bob Thornton, will world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.
The film is an adaptation of the 2005 documentary of the same name, which follows a group of American consultants who accept the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected. In the upcoming feature, Bullock plays a maverick political consultant, “Calamity” Jane Bodine, who comes out of retirement to lead the team, while Thornton portrays her enemy.
Warner Bros. has given an awards-season release date of October 30 to the film, and the 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 10 to 20.
Entertainment Weekly gave us this week, in order of their Fall Movie Preview magazine issue, the first look of Sandy in Our Brand is Crisis.
Sandra stars in this drama as political strategy “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a role originally written for her Gravity costar George Clooney. “About two and a half years ago I put out feelers saying, “I’m not reading anything I’m excited about,'”, Bullock says. “‘Are there any male roles out there that [the filmmakers] don’t mind switching to female?'”
Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov had been developing a script “suggested by” the 2005 documentary Our Brand is Crisis, about a group of American political consultants hired by former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada to help him get reelected. After Bullock reached out to Clooney, they decided to flip the gender of the lead role. “That character, Bodine, is basically a female Karl Rove,” Bullock says. “She’s brilliant at the devious side of politics.”
Anthony Mackie and Ann Dowd costar as consultants who lure Bodine out of retirement; Billy Bob Thornton plays a rival campaign strategist. “Its all about the win for them, and probably not for the right reasons,” says Bullock. Consider this prep for next year’s US presidential race. “Timing was very important with this movie,” says director David Gordon Green. “Its going to start a lot of conversations.” Our conversation starter: Why in the hell isn’t anyone writing decent (female) roles for Sandra Bullock? – Clark Collis
You will find the full HQ scan in our gallery, plus the single picture added as the fist Our Brand is Crisis movie still. Enjoy!
Deadline – Warner Bros has staked out a Halloween weekend release date for Our Brand Is Crisis, the political comedy-drama starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton. David Gordon Green’s film is based on the likewise-titled 2005 documentary by Rachel Boynton that focuses on American political campaign marketing tactics and their consequences.
Bullock stars in the feature as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a retired political consultant brought in to help an unpopular Bolivian president get re-elected. Things get personal when Jane’s nemesis, Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), arrives to lead the opposition’s campaign. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy scribe Peter Straughan penned the screenplay, and Smokehouse Pictures’ George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing.
Our Brand Is Crisis will start its campaign October 30, facing a pair of fellow wide-release candidates: Paramount’s horror comedy Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (fka Scouts Vs. Zombies) and — at least as it stands now — Relativity’s actioner Autobahn.
Sandra Bullock shows off her new blonde look while attending a camera test in preparation for ‘Our Brand is Crisis‘ in New Orleans, yesterday. She is playing retired American political consultant ‘Calamity’ Jane Bodine. Check it:
Some exciting casting updates of “Our Brand Is Crisis” have been announced. Variety is reporting that Scoot McNairy is set to join Sandra in the movie last week. The Wrap reported yesterday that Billy Bob Thornton is in talks for the movie.
David Gordon Green is directing with George Clooney and Grant Heslov producing through their Smokehouse Pictures banner, with Bullock exec-producing.
The film is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, which focuses on the use of American political campaign strategies in South America.
Peter Straughan penned the script. Courtenay Valenti and Racheline Benveniste are overseeing for the studio.
Production is set to start this fall.