Andy Serkis and Stephen Fryare the latest stars to join the cast of Samuelson Productions' Stormbreaker,which has just started shooting on the Isle of Man.
The $40m-plus teen superspy adventure is based on the first book in the best-selling AlexRider series by Anthony Horowitz.
Serkis will play Mr Grin, theunfortunately disfigured henchman of megalomaniac villain Darrius Sayle (MickeyRourke), while Fry appears as Smithers, outwardly an assistant at London'sleading toy store, but secretly creator and provider of exotic gadgetry to thespies of MI6.
Stormbreaker stars Alex Pettyfer as Alex Rider, a reluctantteenage spy. The high profile cast already includes Sarah Bolger, Damian Lewis,Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Sophie Okonedo, Missi Pyle, Alicia Silverstone,Ashley Walters and Mickey Rourke.
Directed by Geoffrey Sax froma screenplay by Anthony Horowitz, Stormbreaker is produced by MarcSamuelson, Peter Samuelson, Steve Christian and Andreas Grosch, with HilaryDugdale, Nigel Green, Anthony Horowitz and Andreas Schmid as executiveproducers. Line producer is Kevan Van Thompson, with Jessica Parker asassociate producer.
Stormbreaker is a Samuelson Production, with Isle of Man Film andVIP Medienfonds 4, in association with Rising Star. The Weinstein Company,the interim name of Bob and Harvey Weinstein's new company, has acquired theNorth American rights and Entertainment Film Distributors have pre-bought theUK rights. The film is also receiving National Lottery funding through the UKFilm Council's Premiere Fund.
Capitol Films are sellinginternational rights.