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Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins (Mystic River, The Shawshank Redemption) will star in sci-fi thriller A Patriot with Eva Green, Kathy Bates and Ed Skrein.

Dan Pringle is attached to direct from an original screenplay he wrote. Producers are Adam J. Merrifield from White Lantern Film and John Giwa-Amu from Red & Black Films, with executive producer Angus Finney.

The Exchange is handling worldwide sales and is talking to buyers about the film in Cannes.

The project has also added equity financiers Umedia (executive producers Adrian Politowski and Peter Bevan) and Texit Films (executive producers Tommaso Marzotto and Italo Marzotto) ahead of its shoot, which will be in the UK this September.

A Patriot takes place in a future authoritarian state that has walled itself away from a world ravaged by climate chaos and resource wars. The story follows an unquestioning Border Corp Captain — played by Green — as she fights to defend the purity of the population, until a chance discovery makes her doubt the authorities she has pledged her allegiance and life to protect.

Producer John Giwa-Amu from Red & Black Films said: “We are thrilled to be working with dynamic new equity players Texit films and the well-established team at U Media to complete the equity financing of A Patriot this week.”

Director Dan Pringle added: “Tim [Robbins] is an icon of cinema who possesses a striking versatility.”

Robbins is represented by ICM; Green is represented by Tavistock Wood Management and UTA; Bates by ICM, Skrein by 42 and CAA.

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