Keanu Reeves eyes Finnish crime thriller
by Martin Blaney
(snipped for Keanu content)
Keanu Reeves has been approached to star in Antti J. Jokinen’s thriller The Criminal about organised crime in Finland and Russia.
Pitching the project at the first edition of the Northern Seas Film Forum (NSFF) in St Petersburg at the weekend, producer Markus Selin of Solar Films Inc. Oy and director Jokinen said that they are speaking to the Matrix star about headlining the crime thriller which is set to shoot next year.
The Criminal is based on interviews conducted with Russian and Finnish felons over the past four years and has the Organised Crime Unit of the Finnish Police now serving as an advisor on the screenplay.
Selin revealed that Ireland’s Subotica Films is already onboard as a co-producer and he is now looking for a Russian company to join the production.
The $16m (€12m) production would shoot in Helsinki, Dublin and St Petersburg in Russian and Finnish with the English actors speaking in Russian.
Jokinen made his feature debut in 2011 with The Resident, starring Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Christopher Lee in a UK-US co-production between Hammer Films and Spitfire Entertainment, and followed this with the award-winning historical drama Purge which has posted over 200,000 admissions and was Finland’s official entry for the Academy Awards last year.