Peter Sarsgaard (The Batman), Billy Magnussen (No Time To Die), Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace) and Skye P. Marshall (Good Sam) are starring in darkly comedic thriller Coup!, which has almost wrapped in the US.
Set on a seaside estate during the Spanish Flu in 1918, the film centers on a rebellious servant (Sarsgaard) who spearheads an uprising against his wealthy employer (Magnussen).
Entertainment 360, Phiphen Pictures, and Hemlock Circle Productions are behind the film by writer/director team Austin Stark (The God Committee) and Joseph Schuman. Supporting cast also includes Faran Tahir (Iron Man) Kristine Neilsen (The Gilded Age) and Fisher Stevens (Succession). Principal photography is set to wrap next week.
Pic is produced by Brian Levy (Entertainment 360), Warner Davis and Todd Friedman (Hemlock Circle Productions), Molly Conners, Amanda Bowers, Jane Sinisi (Phiphen), and Harris Gurny. Executive producers include Magnussen via his Happy Bad Bungalow banner, Peter Sarsgaard, and Fabien Westerhoff.
Film Constellation is co-financing and representing international rights and began discussing the project with buyers at the recent AFM.
Coup! marks the first collaboration between filmmaker team Austin Stark and Joseph Schuman. It is Schuman’s directorial debut and Stark’s third feature as a writer/director. Stark’s last film, The God Committee, debuted at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and was released by Vertical Entertainment. His first feature, The Runner (2015), starred Nicolas Cage and Sarah Paulson. Stark’s credits as a producer include Sony Pictures Classics’ Infinitely Polar Bear, Tony Kaye’s Detachment, and Sundance Audience Award-winner Happythankyoumoreplease.