'The Good Liar': Release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything you need to know about the Ian McKellen-starrer
McKellen plays a con man out for Mirren, a wealthy widow's money. The movie is based on Nicholas Searle’s novel of the same name
Warner Bros.' 'The Good Liar' is an upcoming thriller movie based on Nicholas Searle’s novel of the same name. With the movie slated to hit the screens this November, updates are slowly pouring in for the Ian McKellen-starrer. Principal production commenced in April with London and Berlin as locations for the filming.
Here's what we know so far about the movie.
'The Good Liar' will premiere on November 15, 2019
Much like the book, the 'The Good Liar' narrates the tale of a conman’s attempts to steal from a wealthy widow. But eventually, He starts caring for her and has to choose between conning her or giving up his life as a swindler.
New Line Cinema's logline reads: "Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life."
'The Good Liar' boasts of an impressive cast. Starting off with six Laurence Olivier Awards winner, Ian McKellen ('Lord of the Rings', 'Hobbit' and 'X-Men'), who's had a rich career that spanned genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theater to popular fantasy and science fiction. Now, he's back on screen as Roy Courtnay.
Academy Award Winner, Helen Mirren ('Red', 'The Queen' and 'Hitchcock') stars as Betty McLeish. Mirren's other Academy Award nominations include 'The Madness of King George' (1994), 'Gosford Park' (2001), and 'The Last Station'(2009).
In addition to the duo, the movie features supporting performances from Russell Tovey ('Quantico'), Mark Lewis Jones ('Chernobyl'), Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson ('Game of Thrones'), Jim Carter ('Downton Abbey'), and Celine Buckens ('Free Rein').
Bill Condon ('Chicago', and 'Dreamgirls') will helm the project written by Jeffrey Hatcher ('Tuesdays with Morrie') based on the novel by Nicholas Searle. As reported by Metacritic, the creative filmmaking team included director of photography Tobias A. Schliessler ("Beauty and the Beast," "Mr. Holmes"), production designer John Stevenson (BAFTA nominee, "Burton and Taylor"), editor Virginia Katz ("Mr. Holmes," ACE Award winner for "Dreamgirls") and costume designer Keith Madden (miniseries "Patrick Melrose," "Mr. Holmes").
The trailer opens with McKellen dapperly dressed in a suit and meeting a date in a restaurant. It is then revealed that he stalks women on the internet and cons them after meeting them for dates. The scene then shifts to him meeting Mirren, a wealthy widow, and the duo seem to have a good time together. What starts off as a mission to dupe her slowly turns into something far more complicated: as Betty opens her home up to Roy, he must choose between his feelings for her and his commitment to his livelihood.
Russell Tovey plays Mirren's grandson and the footage also includes Courtnay tossing someone in front of a train. The rest of the clip is about his dilemma and battle to keep his identity as a conman as a secret.
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