Feature From MRC Film and T-Street’s Emerging Filmmaker Label Currently In Production With Star Thrower Producing
Los Angeles, February 7, 2022 - MRC Film and T-Street today announced Sebastian de Souza (“The Great,” “Normal People”), Eddie Marsan (“Happy Go Lucky,” “Vera Drake”) and Rich Sommer (“Mad Men,” “GLOW”) have joined Phoebe Dynevor (“Bridgerton”) and Alden Ehrenreich (“Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Hail Caesar!”) in “Fair Play.” The thriller, set in the finance world, is from writer-director Chloe Domont.
Currently in production, “Fair Play” is the first film from MRC and T-Street’s previously announced emerging filmmaker label established in early 2021 to support artists who have a singular voice and a distinctive point of view. T-Street’s Ben LeClair oversees the label’s day-to-day management and is producing “Fair Play” with T-Street's Leopold Hughes. Tim White, Trevor White and Allan Mandelbaum are producing for Star Thrower.
Chloe Domont is a writer & director whose short films have been the Official Selection of BAMcinemaFest, AFI FEST, LA Film Festival, AFI DOCS and TRUE/FALSE Film Festival. In addition, her work has also played at MoMA, Sao Paulo, Woodstock, Munich, Edinburgh, Stockholm, Viennale and Deauville. She became the first female director on HBO’s “Ballers,” where she directed episodes over three seasons, including the series finale. Off that, HBO chose her as the face of their diversity and inclusion campaign: “Because of Her.” She graduated from Tisch School of the Arts of NYU and spends her time between LA and NY.
Sebastian de Souza can most recently be seen as ‘Leo’ in Hulu and MRC Television’s “The Great,” written by Oscar-nominated Tony McNamara, opposite Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult. Prior to this, he starred as ‘Gareth’ in the critically acclaimed adaptation of “Normal People,” for Hulu and the BBC, directed by the Oscar-nominated Lenny Abrahamson. He was seen in the iconic role of ‘Sandro Botticelli’ in the second season of “Medici,” opposite Sean Bean, Daniel Sharman and Bradley James on Netflix. Prior to this, he played a guest lead in the feature “Pixie,” opposite Alec Baldwin and Olivia Cooke, directed by Barnaby Thompson. He played ‘Edmund’ in Claire McCarthy's feature “Ophelia,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, opposite Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts and Clive Owen. He starred in the series regular role of ‘Alfonso of Aragon’ in “The Borgias,” opposite Jeremy Irons and Holliday Grainger.
Eddie Marsan is one of the most exciting and versatile actors today, with an incredible body of work that so far spans over 20 years. He is the recipient of two BIFA Awards for his role in Mike Leigh’s features “Vera Drake,” and “Happy Go Lucky.” Marsan’s roles range from independent films including “Tyrannosaur,” “Still Life,” “Worlds End,” and “White Boy Rick,” to blockbuster features such as the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise, “Gangs of New York,” “V for Vendetta,” “Mission Impossible 3,” “Deadpool,” “Vice” and “Atomic Blonde.” He recently reprised his role as Terry Donovan for the film version of the popular Showtime series “Ray Donovan,” starred in Guy Ritchie’s “Wrath Of Man,” on Amazon Prime and the gripping Channel 4 four-part drama “Deceit.” Upcoming, he stars in: the dystopian thriller “The Power,” for Amazon, based on Naomi Alderman’s 2016 Prize winning novel; the ITV primetime drama “The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe;” “The Contractor,” alongside Kiefer Sutherland; as the voice of ‘Grosspapa’ in the animated film “Charlotte,” which follows the story of German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon; in the Netflix thriller “Choose Or Die;” the dystopian sci-fi drama “Vesper Seeds; ” in Guy Ritchie’s “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre;” and in Lee Tamahori’s 16th century set “Emperor.” He will also play the role of Beatles manager Brian Epstein’s father in “Midas Man,” currently filming in the UK.
Rich Sommer is best remembered for his seven seasons as ‘Harry Crane’ on AMC's award winning series “Mad Men.” Nominated for six of its seven seasons as Best Ensemble, he and his company of actors took home two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Since ‘Mad Men,” Sommer has starred in several series including “In The Dark,” “Run,” “GLOW,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” and the recently completed limited series “White House Plumbers” for HBO, “The Minx” for HBO Max and “The Dropout.” Sommer has many additional guest roles, animated series, and feature films to his credit including a starring role in the feature film "A Crooked Somebody."
MRC Film is a division of global entertainment company MRC, which holds a minority equity stake in T-Street.
T-Street was launched in 2019 by Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman, whose credits together include the Academy Award nominated “Knives Out,” which they are currently preparing the follow up to, which Johnson is writing and directing; as well as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Looper;” T-Street is currently producing “Three Body Problem” alongside David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Alexander Woo for Netflix and will produce “Poker Face,” starring Natasha Lyonne with MRC Television for Peacock. MRC is a minority investor in T-Street, with a first-look deal across film and television.
About MRC Film
MRC Film is a leading independent studio known for championing singular filmmakers and emerging directors to make high-quality distinctive films and for its selective investments in major studio films, collectively which have earned more than $6 billion in worldwide box office and received accolades including 12 Academy® Award nominations and 11 Golden Globe® Award nominations. Upcoming projects include: “The Mothership,” starring Halle Berry and from writer and director Matt Charman for Netflix; “Persuasion,” starring Dakota Johnson and from director Carrie Cracknell for Netflix, and “Jerry and Marge Go Large” starring Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening from director David Frankel for Paramount+. Past films include the highest grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, “Ted,” the Oscar® and Golden Globe nominated “Knives Out,” the Oscar nominated “Baby Driver,” Oscar-winning “Babel,” and the comedy “The Lovebirds.” MRC Film has co-financed films including “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” the “Peter Rabbit'' franchise, the second and third installments of “Hotel Transylvania,” “22 Jump Street,” “Think Like a Man Too” and “Fast & Furious 7.” For more information, please visit www.mrcentertainment.com.
About Star Thrower
Founded by brothers Tim and Trevor White, Star Thrower Entertainment is a film and television finance and production company. Star Thrower has produced commercially and critically successful award winning films including “King Richard,” starring Will Smith; “8 Bit Christmas,” Steven Spielberg's Academy Award nominated “The Post,” with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep; Sundance winner “Ingrid Goes West,” with Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen; Taylor Sheridan's “Wind River,” with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen; Rob Reiner's “LBJ,” with Woody Harrelson and “Villains,” with Bill Skarsgard and Maika Monroe.