We don’t usually cover movies like this, but when you’ve got an intrigue-filled mystery starring Sir Ian McKellen and Hellen Mirren, it’s pretty hard not to notice. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the film is directed by Bill Condon, who also directed films like The Live Action Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Showgirls, The Greatest Showman, and multiple films with McKellen including the overlooked but spectacular Gods and Monsters (also starring a young Brendan Fraser).
In the Good Liar, McKellen plays a con man who seduces Mirren via an online dating site before moving in to her real life and working his way towards stealing her family fortune. When he breaks the first rule of conning and falls for his mark, he enters into a high stakes game of cat and mouse.
Along with the two icons, the film also stars Russell Tovey and Jim Carter. The Good Liar opens November 15th.
The New Line Cinema drama “The Good Liar” pairs Oscar winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) and two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen (“Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “Gods and Monsters”) on the big screen for the first time.
Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Gods and Monsters,” directed and produced the film from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (“Mr. Holmes”), based on the widely acclaimed novel by Nicholas Searle.
Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.
“The Good Liar” also stars Russell Tovey (TV’s “Quantico”) and Jim Carter (TV’s “Downton Abbey”).
Greg Yolen also served as producer, alongside Condon. The executive producers were Richard Brener, Andrea Johnston, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Anjay Nagpal, Jack Morrissey, and Nick O’Hagan.
The creative filmmaking team included director of photography Tobias Schliessler (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Mr. Holmes”), production designer John Stevenson (BAFTA nominee, “Burton and Taylor”), editor Virginia Katz (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Mr. Holmes”), and costume designer Keith Madden (miniseries “Patrick Melrose,” “Mr. Holmes”). The music is composed by two-time Oscar nominee Carter Burwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Carol”).
“The Good Liar” was filmed on location in London and Berlin. It opens in theatres on Friday, November 15, 2019.
New Line Cinema presents, in association with BRON Creative, a 1000 Eyes Production, a Bill Condon Film, “The Good Liar.” The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is rated R for some strong violence, and for language and brief nudity.