Rachel Weisz will star in the con artist adventure story The Brothers Bloom, Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his high school noir Brick.
Jim Stern’s Endgame Entertainment is financing the story of sibling confidence tricksters who attempt to fool a mysterious millionairess (Weisz) and get in deeper trouble than they planned.
CAA is representing domestic rights and The Weinstein Company will handle international sales at AFM. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2007.
Ram Bergman reprises the producer role he performed for Johnson on Brick, which won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2005 and was released earlier this year by Focus Features, which at one point was set to finance this new project.
Stern will also produce, and Endgame’s new president of production Wendy Japhet will serve as executive producer
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with a filmmaker as gifted as Rian,” Stern said. “The Brothers Bloom harks back to a great con artist film such as The Sting and is the perfect follow-up to Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, which we just wrapped.”
Weisz will next be seen opposite Hugh Jackman in Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain. She recently wrapped production on Wong Kar-wai’s My Blueberry Nights, and is currently in production on Working Title’s Definitely Maybe. She begins production in December on Noam Morro’s Smart People opposite Dennis Quaid.
Weisz is represented by CAA, The Firm, and lawyer Howard Fishman at Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman.
Johnson and Bergman are represented by Brian Dreyfuss at Featured Artists Agency and lawyer Stephen Clark at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler.