Action film executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn.

TinRes Entertainment has completed principal photography on writer-director Paul Schrader’s action film The Dying of the Light.

Nicolas Cage stars in the feature, which is executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Steve Schwartz (The Tree of Life).

The espionage thriller shot in Bucharest, Romania and Queensland, Australia, while the 2nd filmed in Africa and the US. It marks the second collaboration between Schrader and Cage after the Martin Scorsese-directed Bringing Out the Dead.

The Dying of the Light is produced by Todd Williams, Scott Clayton and Gary Hirsch through their Over Under Media outfit.

Cage plays Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent facing early retirement due to the onset of dementia. When intelligence surfaces hinting at the whereabouts of Lake’s old nemesis, he goes on a rogue global manhunt while struggling to control his behaviour as the symptoms mount.

Anton Yelchin (Star Trek: Into Darkness) plays Cage’s CIA protégé, with Swiss actress Iréne Jacob (Three Colours: Red) as Cage’s ex-lover.

Schrader, whose screenplays include Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, says The Dying of the Light places his familiar themes within the context of a commercial spy thriller.

“Having explored existential crises which occurred early in life, I thought it was time to examine similar crises which occur at the end of one’s life,” he said.

Producer Williams added: “Paul and Nic have always been innovative and bold artists; reteaming their considerable skills for a global political thriller is something we could not be more proud to be involved with.”

The Dying of the Light was shot by cinematographer Gabriel Kosuth, with production design from Russell Barnes; Schrader’s frequent collaborator Tim Silano will edit.

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