The Coup (film)

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The Coup
Directed by John Erick Dowdle
Produced by Michel Litvak
Drew Dowdle
David Lancaster
Screenplay by John Erick Dowdle
Drew Dowdle
Starring Owen Wilson
Pierce Brosnan
Lake Bell
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Léo Hinstin
Edited by Elliot Greenberg
Bold Films
Brothers Dowdle Productions
Living Films
Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Release date(s)
  • March 6, 2015 (2015-03-06)
Country United States
Language English

The Coup is an upcoming action thriller film, which tells the story of a businessman trapped with his family in a war zone area. It stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell, set to be directed by John Erick Dowdle, who co-wrote the script with his brother, Drew Dowdle, who himself will be producing the film. The film is scheduled to be released on March 6, 2015, by The Weinstein Company.


In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.


In 2012, it was reported that Owen Wilson will star in an action movie called The Coup, with the tone of the film is described as being akin to Taken, and centers on an American family that moves to Southeast Asia and finds themselves “embroiled in a violent coup where rebels mercilessly attack the city.”[1] Later, during Cannes festival, it was reported that Pierce Brosnan joined the project, with his role is being described as a "mysterious and ultimately heroic government operative".[2] And apparently, John Erick Dowdle, known for his numerous horror movies, who wrote the script with his brother, Drew Dowdle, is set to be directing the flick. Michelle Monaghan also has had joined the cast, who's said to be playing the wife of Wilson's character.[3] As of August 2013, it's been reported that Bold Films will be financing the movie, replacing Crime Scene Pictures as originally planned.[4] Later that year, it was told that Lake Bell replaced Monaghan signing on to star alongside the rest of the cast, and her character is said to be named Annie Dwyer who's a beloved woman appearing to have the perfect family life, along with principal photography to begin on 31 October 2013 in Thailand.[5]


Principal photography began on 31 October 2013 as reported previously. Thai-based production company Living Films is facilitating the shoot. "The producers of the The Coup had a wide choice of countries in which they could have based this production," said Living Films founder and executive director Chris Lowenstein. "The fact that they chose Thailand is a great testament to the skills of the Thai crews and the resources that Thailand offers. We are delighted to help bring this project to the screen". Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales of The Coup.[6] Brosnan joined the crew in December after finishing off his work on How to Make Love Like an Englishman, moving to Thailand where the current production is held, with his character reportedly called "Hammond". On June 10, 2014, it was announced that the film would be released on March 6, 2015.[7]


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