Gary Oldman and Dylan O’Brien to star in new crime thriller

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British acting legend Gary Oldman and The Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien will star alongside one another in The Bayou, a crime thriller movie from Millennium Media. This company will pitch The Bayou to buyers at Cannes Film Festival later this month, in the hope that a studio will step in and stump up some cash to support and distribute the film.

The title, The Bayou, refers to a body of water that occurs – mostly in America – in low, flat areas. A bayou can either be a very slow-moving stream or river, or a marshy lake or wetland. New Orleans, Louisiana is home to a bayou or two, and this is where filming on this movie will kick off next month.

Deadline Hollywood broke the news of the film’s existence, and shared this description of the plot:

“In the movie, ‘The Bayou’ is where an aging and colorfully immoral mob hit man named Tickie Bordeaux (Oldman) hides his victims. Tickie is mentoring dangerous young Ceto (O’Brien), who lost his kid sister to the crime underworld and now expresses himself on his blues harmonica. They work for crime boss Emmeline, who operates out of a French Quarter gentleman’s club, along with her right hand, Stella the Madame.

Ceto is rising fast, until he secretly spares a 16-year-old runaway named Billie during a killing. The girl follows Ceto and asks for help, because she has nobody else. They develop a brother/sister-type relationship, that ultimately sets Ceto on a violent collision course with his bosses.’

W Peter Iliff (who wrote the original Point Break as well as Patriot Games) penned the script for The Bayou, and Gary Fleder (who directed Homefront and a lot of TV episodes) is in talks to take the director’s chair.

With such talented actors attached and an eye-catching premise, we expect The Bayou will easily find a buyer at Cannes.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.