Joel Silver thriller also starring Nicholas Hoult gets underway Monday in Germany.

Anticipated action-thriller Autobahn has received a potent injection of talent and finance as it heads into production on Monday (May 5).

Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley have joined Nicholas Hoult on Eran Creevy’s action-thriller, which follows young US couple Casey (Hoult) and Juliette (Jones) who are plunged into a game of cat-and-mouse across Germany when they find themselves caught between two ruthless criminals (Hopkins, Kingsley).

Creevy is the British director behind Shifty and Welcome to the Punch.

Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures has also boarded the hot IM Global sales title ahead of the Cannes Film Festival, with additional financing coming from Sycamore Pictures and DMG Entertainment.

Silver produces F. Scott Frazier’s screenplay with Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken of 42, Brian Kavanaugh Jones of Automatik and Daniel Hetzer. Hands on Producers are co-producers.

Silver Pictures’ Steve Richards and Aaron Auch are executive producing, along with Ford and Matt Jackson of IM Global. Additional executive producers include DMG’s Dan Mintz, Wu Bing, and Peter Xiao and DMG’s LA-based Motion Picture Group president Chris Fenton and producing partner Chris Cowles, and Sycamore’s Tom Rice and Ben Nearn.

The feature shoots entirely in Germany and has subsidies from DFFF, the German Federal Film Fund (Deutsche Filmförderfonds) and NRW, the North Rhine-Westphalia funding entity (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW).

DMG Entertainment, which is also working on the upcoming Point Break reboot, developed the project with Black List writer Frazier.

Silver said: “When I first read F. Scott Frazier’s script for Autobahn, I knew it had the makings of a great action movie. It’s a gritty, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride through Europe with an incredible cast.” 

Ford added: “We are firm believers in Eran Creevy as one of Europe’s most talented young directors and it’s exciting to have assembled such a great pool of both up and coming and illustrious talent.”

Frazier is represented by CAA, DMG, and attorneys Jeff Frankel & Rob Goldman.