Ewan McGregor to lead cast in Rodrigo Garcia drama, HanWay to begin sales at EFM.

Ewan McGregor is to star in writer-director Rodrigo Garcia’s drama Last Days In The Desert, which is due to shoot from this month.

Tye Sheridan, Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer will star alongside McGregor in the Mockingbird Pictures and Division Films production.

The film follows a holy man and a demon - both roles played by McGregor - on a journey through the desert. An encounter with a family struggling to survive in this harsh environment forces the holy man to confront his own fate.

The film is produced by Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis of Mockingbird Pictures along with Wicks Walker. Walker and Nicolas Gonda collaborated to finance the picture, via Walker’s Division Films and Nicolas Gonda’s recently launched Ironwood Films, in association with Aspiration Media and New Balloon.

Principal photography is set to commence in early February in the Southern California desert.

Albert Nobbs director Garcia and director of photography Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki are reunited for the picture after having worked together many years ago on Garcia’s Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, which played at Cannes.

Lubezki received his sixth Academy Award nomination recently for his work on Gravity.

WME Entertainment is handling domestic rights, with Hanway Films representing international and introducing buyers to the project at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin this week.

Said HanWay’s Thorsten Schumacher: “Rodrigo Garcia is an incredible filmmaker who we’ve long admired and he’s assembled an amazing cast and crew to bring to life this epic and profound story. We’re thrilled to introduce Last Days In The Desert to our buyers at Berlin”.