Tim Blake Nelson and Vera Farmiga are set to play the founders of the spiritual cult Heaven’s Gate — which participated in a mass suicide in 1997 — in true-crime biopic The Chief, Latest Hollywood News has realized
Being launched to patrons on the European Movie Market by The Change and with Cinemand and Balcony 9 Productions producing, the movie sees Farmiga play cult chief Bonnie Nettles, aka “Ti,” with Nelson because the group’s notorious frontman, Marshall Applewhite, aka “Do.”
The Chief tells the true story of the 39 members of Heaven’s Gate — an American UFO cult that believed its followers may rework into immortal extraterrestrials and would ascend to heaven — and the way they might commit the most important mass suicide to ever happen on American soil. The movie tracks Nettles and Applewhite as they develop the faith, construct a religious following and face unexpected battle when the spaceship they believed would transport their resurrected selves fails to reach.
Michael Gallagher (Humorous Story) directs from his personal authentic screenplay.
“Vera Farmiga and Tim Blake Nelson are two of the best actors working at this time. We’re honored to companion with them to inform this unbelievable story,” mentioned writer-director Gallagher. “The Leader will depict the Heaven’s Gate tragedy by way of the lens of hope and heartbreak. It’s a movie concerning the risks of self-deception, the thirst for human connection and the thriller of religion.”
The mission is produced by Jana Winternitz, Michael Wormser and Gallagher of Cinemand, in addition to Joel David Moore and Max Osswald from Balcony 9 Productions. Rishi Bajaj and Daniel Taborga from Balcony 9 Productions will government produce together with Cassian Elwes, Evan Silverberg and Leisure 360. Full movie casting is at the moment underway.
“The Heaven’s Gate mass suicide is likely one of the most fascinating and unprecedented true crime occasions in American Historical past,” mentioned Nat McCormick, president of worldwide gross sales and distribution at The Change. “It’s arduous to grasp the way it all coalesced. And that’s precisely what this film is about. Tim and Vera portraying the messiahs of Heaven’s Gate goes to be one thing to behold.”
Nelson, whose most up-to-date tasks embody upcoming titles Dune: Half Two, Captain America: New World Order and The Change’s Thelma alongside Kathy Bates, is represented by UTA, Gateway Administration and Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver Thompson. Fermiga, lately seen in Apple’s 5 Days at Memorial, The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark and The Conjuring: The Satan Made Me Do It, is represented by CAA, Genuine Expertise and Literary Administration and Peikoff Mahan Legislation Workplace. Gallagher is represented by Leisure 360 and legal professional David Matlof.
The Change’s EFM lineup additionally contains Octavia Spencer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lucy Liu’s No person Nothing Nowhere, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Man Pearce’s Neponset Circle, Olivia Munn’s Replay, Kathy Bates’ Thelma, Zoe Saldana and Garrett Hedlund’s The Absence of Eden, Venice’22 competitors title Monica, Steve Zahn and John Magaro’s LaRoy, in addition to Tyrese Gibson and Thomas Jane’s Bosco.