Holt McCallany & Julianne Nicholson Join Rami Malek In 20th Thriller ‘Amateur’
26.05.2023 - 17:11
EXCLUSIVE: Holt McCallany (Nightmare Alley) and Julianne Nicholson (Blonde) are the newest additions to the cast of Amateur, the CIA thriller that Rami Malek is leading for 20th Century Studios.
The actors join an ensemble that will also include Rachel Brosnahan, Caitríona Balfe, Laurence Fishburne and Adrian Martinez, as previously announced.
Based on the 2014 Black List script The Defection, which was itself based on the Robert Littell novel The Defection of AJ Lewinter, Amateur tells the story of Charles Heller (Malek), a CIA cryptographer who, after his wife is tragically killed in a London terrorist attack, demands his bosses go after them. When it becomes clear they won’t act due to conflicting internal priorities, he blackmails the agency into training him and letting him go after them himself.
The film to be directed by Slow Horses‘ James Hawes had its screenplay adapted by Ken Nolan, with Scott Frank and Gary Spinelli handling revisions.
While sources tell Deadline that McCallany will play CIA Deputy Director Moore, a “kill whoever we want” kind of guy who has spent his career behind a desk, details as to Nicholson’s role haven’t been disclosed. Hutch Parker and Dan Wilson are producing, with Malek serving as the film’s executive producer.
Generating much acclaim with his turn as FBI agent Bill Tench on Netflix’s Mindhunter, McCallany more recently appeared on the TV side in 61st Street, the legal drama that has moved from AMC to The CW for its second season. The actor recently appearing on the film side in Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-nominated Nightmare Alley will next be seen starring opposite Zac Efron, Harris Dickinson, Jeremy Allen White and Lily James in Sean Durkin’s buzzy wrestling dramaIron Claw for