Following his Oscar-winning performance in Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman has now set his next project, with Deadline reporting that he is set to write, direct and star in the fact-based drama Flying Horse. It will mark his second directorial feature after 1997’s acclaimed drama Nil By Mouth.
According to the site, the movie will tell the story of Eadweard Mubridge, one of the fathers of the moving image who in 1872 was contracted by a former California governor to capture a horse in-motion. However, after discovering his wife was having an affair, the story turns into a tale of revenge, murder and the search for justice.
“We long to make good movies, and that means good stories—and there are few stories as good as these events,” said Oldman and producing partner Doug Urbanski. “Launching the first feature from our newly formed production company, Flying Studios, with Tucker Tooley makes the entire thing very special for us. We could not wish for a more supportive or collaborative partner.”
“This project has been a passion of Gary’s for some time, and I am thrilled to reunite with him to bring this compelling story to the big screen,” added fellow producer Tooley.
The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Oldman has signed on to appear in Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers drama The Laundromat, where he’ll star alongside Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas.