Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed to star in western ‘The Sisters Brothers’

The film will combine classic western elements with genre-bending splashes of comedy, and serves as the French filmmaker’s directorial follow-up to Dheepan, which earned the top prize on the Croisette in 2015. Taylor Hill/FilmMagic; ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images; Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic; Ian Gavan/Getty Images
Reilly had initially   optioned DeWitt’s book,   and will produce the picture with   Michael De Luca, Rosa Attrab and Alison Dickey. Cannes Palme d’Or winner Jacques Audiard has struck gold once again, this time for his upcoming western noir The Sisters Brothers. Russell’s Joy, and Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures announced Friday it has, in addition to co-producing and co-financing, acquired domestic distribution rights to the upcoming drama, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, John C. Audiard   and Rust and Bone scribe Thomas Bidegain wrote the film’s screenplay. Many of its films have gone on to win or be nominated for Academy Awards, including Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, David O. in 1851 Oregon. Ellison will executive-produce. Show Full Article Based on Patrick DeWitt’s 2011 novel of the same name, The Sisters Brothers   —   Audiard’s first English-language project — revolves around   Eli and Charlie Sisters, a pair of siblings hired to kill a sleuthy prospector who stole from their boss. Founded by Ellison in 2011, Annapurna has amassed an impressive awards season track record in its short lifespan. Why Not Productions is set to co-produce and co-finance, with Page 114 producing as well. Reilly, and Joaquin Phoenix. He previously screened   Rust and Bone, A Prophet, and   A Self-Made Hero   at Cannes   as well. A release date for The Sisters Brothers has yet to be announced. Production begins this summer. In 2014, Ellison became one of only four people in Oscars history to receive two best picture nods in one year, when Her and American Hustle   competed for the Academy’s highest honor.