LOS ANGELES— James Cromwell and Jean Reno are joining Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac in the Armenian Genocide-themed film, “The Promise,” which is produced by Survival Pictures, a company unveiled this summer by the late Kirk Kerkorian’s Tracinda Corporation.
The news of the casting additions was first reported by Variety.
Survival Pictures had announced earlier that Issac will be joined by Academy Award winner Christian Bale as the leads. In addition to Cromwell and Reno, the film’s cast includes Angela Sarafyan, Charlotte Le Bon, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Daniel Gimenez Cacho.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Robin Swicord (“Memoirs of a Geisha”).
Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”) is producing “The Promise” with Eric Esrailian, Ralph Winter (“X-Men”) and William Horberg (Milk”). Production is slated to start this fall in Southern Europe, including Portugal and the Canary Islands, reported The Wrap.
Cromwell will play an American ambassador who becomes heroic when challenged, while Reno will play a French admiral deeply conflicted in the face of life-threatening danger, according to Variety.
Shooting has started in Spain and Portugal and will go into December. Eric Esrailian will produce on behalf of Survival Pictures with Mike Medavoy for Phoenix Pictures, Ralph Winter and William Horberg (“Milk”).
“‘The Promise’ beautifully intertwines heroism and love,” said Esrailian and Medavoy.
Cromwell was most recently seen on AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire.” Reno starred in the French action film “The Squad.”