Ethan Hawke, BridgetMoynahan, Jared Leto, Jeffrey Wright and Donald Sutherland have joined NicolasCage in the cast of Lord Of War,Andrew Niccol's action-adventure which is being produced by EMC, AscendantPictures, VIP3 Medienfonds, Saturn Films and IMG, with financing being providedby the producers and Rand Merchant Bank in South Africa through IMG.
Arclight Films is sellingthe film which is set to start production on May 12 in New York, Romania andSouth Africa, and is budgeted at $42m. Deals have already been struck in 34territories including Gaga in Japan, M6 in France, Momentum in the UK and Mangain Spain.
Cage plays ruthless globalarms dealer Yuri Orlov in the film which explores the post-Cold War rise inarms-dealing by former Soviet states to developing countries in particularAfrica and the vast fortunes earned by the arms dealers. Hawke plays Interpolagent Jack Valentine who is always on his tail.
CAA brokered the talentdeals with Brillstein Grey and Bloom, Hergott and Diemer, which representsCage. John LaViolette of Bloom, Hergott and Diemer represented EMC, which is apartnership between Niccol and Philippe Rousselet. CAA and Ascendant/VIP arerepresenting the domestic sale of the picture.