The Expatriate, starring Aaron Eckhart and directed by Philipp Stölzl (North Face, Goethe!) commenced principal photography in Montreal on April 10, 2011, with shooting to move to Brussels in May. Set to join Eckhart, who plays an ex-CIA agent in the film, are Liana Liberato and Olga Kurylenko.
The Golden Globe-nominated Eckhart most recently starred in Battle: Los Angeles and the critically acclaimed Rabbit Hole. Upcoming projects include The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp. Other credits include The Dark Knight and Thank You For Smoking.
Liana Liberato, who plays Eckhart’s 15-year old daughter in The Expatriate, received rave reviews for her role in the recently released feature Trust, directed by David Schwimmer and co-starring Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Viola Davis.
Olga Kurylenko plays a CIA agent assigned to track down her former CIA partner and lover (Eckhart.) Kurylenkor’s credits include Quantum of Solace starring Daniel Craig.
The Expatriate is based on an original screenplay by A.E. Amel. Smash Media executive produces with Informant Media (Crazy Heart, Hysteria). Essential Entertainment is handling international sales; CAA’S independent film sales team are repping the U.S. rights.
Hoping to make a fresh start with his estranged 15-year-old daughter Amy (Liberato), former CIA agent Ben Logan (Eckhart) takes a job in Belgium as a security expert for a large multinational corporation. Arriving at work one morning, Logan discovers his division no longer exists, his colleagues have all vanished, and his assistant is actually a trained operative intent on killing both him and his daughter. To survive long enough to figure out why someone wants them killed, Logan and Amy flee, pursued by a highly trained kill squad. Father and daughter, little more than strangers, must learn to trust each other. That trust is threatened as Amy gradually learns the truth about her father’s past.
The creative team includes director of photography Kolja Brandt, editor Dominique Fortin, production designer Jean-Francois Campeau, and costume designer Pascaline Chavanne.