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Friday, May 4, 2018

Cannes Release: Emmy Award® Winning Actor Martin Freeman Joins Diane Kruger in "THE OPERATIVE"


Yuval Adler’s Espionage-Thriller to commence production this June

LOS ANGELES (May 4, 2018) –– BLOOM announced today that Emmy Award® Winner and Golden Globe® Nominee Martin Freeman (Black Panther, The Hobbit) will star alongside Diane Kruger (In the Fade, Inglorious Bastards) in Yuval Adler’s espionage-thriller The Operative. Principal photography is set to commence in Israel and Bulgaria this coming June. Based on a screenplay by Adler, which was adapted from the Israeli best-seller The English Teacher, written by former Israeli intelligence officer Yiftach Reicher Atir, culled from the real-life stories of Mossad operatives.

Spiro Films’ Eitan Mansuri (Foxtrot), Archer Gray’s Anne Carey (20th Century Women, The American, upcoming Can You Ever Forgive), and Match Factory Production’s Michael Weber and Viola Fügen (Foxtrot, Jupiter’s Moon) are producing. Academy Award® Nominee Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game, Mudbound, upcoming Ben is Back) is executive producing and financing under his Black Bear Pictures banner. Le Pacte’s Jean Labadie is co-producing the film, which is supported by the Israeli Film Fund, Film and Medienstiftung NRW, MDM and Minitraité (FFA/CNC). Endeavor Content is handling U.S. sales with BLOOM continuing to sell the foreign rights in Cannes.

The Operative follows the story of Rachel (Kruger), a rogue spy from Israel’s feared national intelligence force Mossad, vanishes without a trace while attending her father’s funeral in London. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic phone call she places to her former handler Thomas (Freeman), who is then summoned from Germany to Israel by Mossad. With Rachel’s life immersed in her assignments as part of a vast espionage effort against Iran’s nuclear program, Thomas must retrace her steps to determine what threats she may now pose to their operation, while also working to protect her.

Freeman won an Emmy Award® for his current role as Dr. John Watson in “Sherlock”, BBC’s contemporary adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories. He is also known for his role as Bilbo Baggins, in Peter Jackson’s film series The Hobbit. His other notable credits include: The UK version of “The Office”, the TV comedy-crime series “Fargo”, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe® and Emmy Award®, The World’s End and most recently Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther.

Freeman is represented by UTA and Creative Artists Management (CAM).

In Cannes, BLOOM will be selling David Sandberg’s Kung Fury starring Michael Fassbender, Julius Onah’s Luce starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer, Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation, Bill Holderman’s Book Club starring Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda, and Matthew Heineman’s A Private War starring Rosamund Pike.

BLOOM recently entered into a first-look deal with filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross’ Crazyrose banner, where they will partner on film, TV and documentaries. This deal gives BLOOM a strategic film & TV partner to enter into the original content and production space. BLOOM is a sales, production and financing outfit. The company represents and curates a diversified slate of films ranging from commercial, talent-driven, wide release movies, to specialty films from proven and trusted filmmakers, all the while keeping an eye towards fresh and emerging talent. BLOOM’s slate also includes: Josh Trank’s Al Capone bio-pic Fonzo starring Tom Hardy; Scott Cooper’s Hostiles which is currently in theaters and starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi; Paul Weitz’s Bel Canto starring Julianne Moore; Jake Scott’s The Burning Woman, starring Christina Hendricks and Sienna Miller; Zhang Yimou’s Shadow; Craig S. Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn which will be released by Lionsgate; Strangers: Prey at Night from Johannes Roberts; Andrea Di Stefano’s Three Seconds, starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common, and Clive Owen; and Victor Levin’s Destination Wedding starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. In 2017, BLOOM was acquired by Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG).


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