Sean Penn

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Sean Penn

Production has begun this week on the long-in-the-works drama Flag Day, which Sean Penn directs and stars in alongside his daughter Dylan Penn, Josh Brolin, and Miles Teller.

Rocket Science has come on board and will serve as executive producer alongside Wild Bunch, with both handling international sales. CAA Media Finance arranged financing and represents US and China rights.

The project had been set up several years ago with Vendian Entertainment and Wild Bunch.

Norbert Leo Butz, Dale Dickey, Eddie Marsan, Bailey Noble, Hopper Penn,  and Katheryn Winnick round out the key cast.

Tony Award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth wrote the screenplay based on Jennifer Vogel’s 2005 memoir Flim-Flam Man: The True Story Of My Father’s Counterfeit Life.

Flag Day centres on a daughter struggling to overcome the loving yet dark legacy of her conman father.

William Horberg, Jon Kilik and Fernando Sulichin will produce the Wonderful Films, Rahway Road, New Element Films, and Clyde Is Hungry Films production.

Executive producers are Christelle Conan, Anders Erdén, Peter Touche, Phyllis Laing, Devan Towers, Thorsten Schumacher, Vincent Maraval, John Wildermuth, Sidney Kimmel and Allen Liu. Ingenious Media, New Element Media and Manitoba Film and Music are financing the feature.