Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan set to star in spy thriller “Damascus Cover”

A project that was long in development has finally officially announced that filming starts this week. Jonathan is confirmed as the lead in new spy thriller “Damascus Cover”, based on a 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan.

More details from the Hollywood Reporter:

Berlin: Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Star in Middle East Spy Thriller
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Mission: Impossible III) is set to take the lead in spy thriller Damascus Cover, producers said Monday. Production starts this week in Morocco.

Rhys Meyers was announced alongside fellow castmembers Olivia Thirlby (Juno, No Strings Attached), John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien), Igal Naor (Green Zone, Munich) and Navid Negahban (Homeland). The film is being produced by U.K.-based Big Book Media, while Carnaby International will launch global sales in Berlin.

Directed by Daniel Berk, whose previous outing as director was 1998’s undead horror sequel Sometimes They Come Back… for More, and produced by Hannah Leader (Lucky Number Slevin, Gosford Park), Damascus Cover is based on a 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan.

Set in 1989 as the Berlin Wall falls in Germany, the plot — based on true events — centers on a veteran spy sent undercover in Syria to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of the country. “I’m enormously excited about this role. This was a hugely significant time in the conflict in the Middle East, post-Cold War and with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, when an amount of spies were redeployed to the Middle East, where the theater of covert operations would now take precedence,” said Rhys Meyers, who is also starring in Roland Emmerich’s fellow European Film Market title Stonewall.

Alongside Big Book Media, the film is being supporting by local Moroccan production company H Films, which recently shot Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert. Damascus Cover will get its world premiere in Berlin.

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3 Comments

  1. EmNC says
    02 February 15 at 7:04pm

    Great movie from book potential, can’t wait to see this. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is going to be great as the lead in this movie. Kudos to author Howard Kaplan

  2. Suzanne says
    03 February 15 at 10:43am

    can’t wait… Good luck, Mr. Rhys Myers!

  3. Anne says
    17 May 15 at 11:23am

    your work was always a source of great pleasure 2 me, Jonathan. I love your performance, your talent, the varity of the genres you were in. Sure Damascus Cover will be interesting, inspiring and entertaining, cannot wait 2 see you. Thank you 4 your wonderful work x
    Anne

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