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Molina & Davis join Ondaatje’s ‘Lodger’

If you are moments away from commencing your feature-length, directorial debut then lassoing a pair of thesps in The Hoax's Alfred Molina and Hope Davis is a major coup. Molina was already attached in writer/director David Ondaatje's passion project and most likely is the reason why Davis' name came up when casting the 'landlady' of the pic. 

Going into production next month under the new Sony label Stage 6 FilmsThe Lodger is a reimagining of the Marie Belloc Lowndes novel that served as the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's debut pic, 1927's “The Lodger.” Ondaatje-penned script, set in present-day Los Angeles, has two converging plotlines: The first involves a cat-and-mouse game between a troubled detective (Molina) and an unknown killer; the second explores the relationship between an emotionally disturbed landlady (Davis) and her enigmatic “lodger”.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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