Vertical Entertainment and Roadside Attractions today unveiled the trailer for their thriller The Forgiven, starring Jessica Chastain (Armageddon Time) and Ralph Fiennes (The Menu), which is slated for release in theaters on July 1st.
The film written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (The Calvary) is based on the novel of the same name by Lawrence Osborne. It centers on wealthy Londoners David (Ralph Fiennes) and Jo Henninger (Jessica Chastain), who are involved in a tragic accident with a local teenage boy, after speeding through the Moroccan desert to attend an old friend’s lavish weekend party. Arriving late at the grand villa with the debauched party raging, the couple attempts to cover up the incident with the collusion of the local police. But when the boy’s father arrives seeking justice, the stage is set for a tension-filled culture clash in which David and Jo must come to terms with their fateful act and its shattering consequences.
The Forgiven premiered at the 2021 Toronto Film Festival. Matt Smith (Last Night in Soho), Saïd Taghmaoui (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Abbey Lee (The Neon Demon), Mourad Zaoui (The Spy), Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Ismael Kanater (Queen of the Desert) and Christopher Abbott (Possessor) also star in the film, which Elizabeth Eves and McDonagh produced via their House of Un-American Activities label, alongside Trevor Matthews and Nick Gordon of Brookstreet Pictures. Brookstreet Pictures financed with LipSync Productions, Film4, BFI, Head Gear, Metrol Technology, and Assemble Media, with Norman Merry exec producing for LipSync, alongside Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden for Film4, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear, and Jack Heller and Scott Veltri for Assemble Media. Vertical is handling the film’s digital release, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing it in international territories, and Film4 bringing it to UK television.
Written By Matt Grobar for Deadline