From Cannes: Academy Award® Nominees Annette Bening and Michelle Pfeiffer to Star In Gideon Raff’s "Turn Of Mind"

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Academy Award® nominees Annette Bening (American Beauty) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Ant Man and The Wasp) have signed on to star in director Gideon Raff's ("Homeland" and the upcoming The Red Sea Diving Resort and "The Spy") thriller Turn of Mind

Adapted by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Quills) and based on Alice LaPlante's New York Times bestseller of the same name, the film will be produced by Gail Berman through The Jackal Group, Well Told Entertainment's Rory Koslow, and Gideon Raff.

Rocket Science will finance the film and launch international sales at Cannes next week.  CAA Media Finance represents the U.S. domestic rights.


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The psychological thriller is centered around a retired orthopedic doctor suffering from Alzheimer's who is trying to figure out - in her moments of clarity - if she killed the person the police claim she had, or if she's being deceived.

"Turn of Mind is an edge of your seat emotional thriller. A story of a warped friendship between two brilliant, sharp, forceful women who are bonded equally by their love for and jealousy of one other," said Raff.  "I am thrilled to have two legends filling these roles. What struck me most when reading LaPlante's novel was how she rarely breaks from Jennifer's (Bening) point of view. So, with her, we go through the visceral experience of a woman who relied her whole life on her gifted mind, only to find herself losing it when she needs it most."

Bening recently starred in Disney's Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson and Scott Z. Burns The Report, which made its debut in Sundance and was acquired by Amazon Studios.  Her lauded roles include 20th Century Women, Running with Scissors and Bugsy.  Bening received Academy Award® nominations for her roles in The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia, American Beauty, and The Grifters.


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Pfeiffer most recently starred in such films as Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp, Twentieth Century Fox's Murder on the Orient Express and Paramount Pictures' Mother!. She will next be seen opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and was recently announced to star in French Exit alongside Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts, which Rocket Science is selling.  She received Academy Award® nominations for her roles in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field and Dangerous Liaisons.

Emmy award winning writer and director Gideon Raff is the creator of the Israeli series "Prisoners of War" ("Hatufim"), the highest-rated drama series in Israel which also won nine Israeli Emmy® Awards, including Best Directing for Raff and Best Drama Series.


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The American adaptation, "Homeland" starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin is going into its 8th season, and Raff has received two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a WGA Award, an Edgar Allen Poe Award® and a Peabody Award. Following, he created the FX drama series "Tyrant," and co-created, wrote and directed "Dig" an event series starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche for USA. Additionally, Raff wrote and directed the feature film, The Red Sea Diving Resort starring Chris Evans, Sir Ben Kingsley, Greg Kinnear and Michael K Williams for an August release by Netflix. Currently, Raff finished shooting "The Spy," his 6 episode miniseries based on the life of Eli Cohen starring Sacha Baron Cohen, which will debut in the fall on Netflix. Raff wrote and directed all 6 episodes.

Bening, Pfeiffer, and Raff are represented by CAA and Pfeiffer is also represented by Management 360.

Rocket Science's Cannes slate includes: Ana Lily Amirpour's female-led reboot of survival blockbuster Cliffhanger; Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 starring Eddie Redmayne, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jonathan Majors; Amirpour's Blood Moon starring Kate Hudson; Gary Shore's Queen Mary; and Jonathan Jakubowicz's Resistance starring Jesse Eisenberg. 

About Rocket Science

Established in London, 2016, ROCKET SCIENCE has quickly attained global recognition as one of the preeminent international filmed entertainment companies.  Since its inception, it has financed, produced, packaged and sold over two dozen critically acclaimed and commercially successful films.


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ROCKET SCIENCE leverages a deep talent and producer pool, propelling it to thrive as one of the few Europe-based entertainment companies that consistently bring top-tier talent packages to the marketplace.  With proven taste and an objective driven approach, ROCKET SCIENCE continues to create a diverse range of compelling content with strong global appeal for modern film and television audiences.

ROCKET SCIENCE's multi-disciplinary practice includes development, financing, marketing and sales, and distribution, across all media platforms.  2019 is proving to be yet another strong-growth year for ROCKET SCIENCE as it embarks upon significant territorial expansion into regional markets worldwide and undertakes substantial expansion into developing, packaging and producing more top tier projects.

Recent and upcoming projects include: Azazel Jacobs' French Exit starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts; Ana Lily Amirpour's female-led reboot of survival blockbuster Cliffhanger; Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7, set to star Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Seth Rogen ; Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate, starring Willem Dafoe who was nominated for an Academy Award® for his turn as Vincent van Gogh; David Lowery's The Old Man and the Gun, starring Robert Redford; Jonathan Jakubowicz's Resistance starring Jesse Eisenberg which is currently in post-production; and Karyn Kusama's Destroyer starring Nicole Kidman.

About The Jackal Group

The Jackal Group is focused on multiple areas of content production including scripted and unscripted television series designed for network, cable and streaming platforms; feature films; digital productions tailored for emerging OTT and online platforms; as well as commercial theater productions. Media business entrepreneur and producer Gail Berman founded the company and serves as the company's Chairman and CEO.

The Jackal Group recently produced the unscripted phenomena Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, starring the global organization icon, for Netflix.  The company has a number of scripted television projects in development at FOX; and a robust slate of series across platforms including CBS, Amazon, AMC, TBS, YouTube Premium and Sundance Now.


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For Broadway, The Jackal Group is producing a contemporary musical based on the film, "The Rose." On the feature side, The Jackal Group is developing I Almost Forgot About You, a feature adaptation of Terry McMillan's bestselling novel of the same name, starring Academy Award® winner Viola Davis, directed by Malcolm D. Lee and co-written by McMillan and Oscar winner Ron Bass, at Universal Pictures; and The Addams Family, MGM's animated feature based on the macabre clan, directed by Conrad Vernon, which will be release October 11, 2019.

About Well Told Entertainment

Founded by Rory Koslow in 2017, Well Told is an entertainment company focused on the production of original film, television, and digital content as well as literary management of cutting-edge storytellers. Koslow is the principal of Well Told and oversees the development & production of all content coming from the company.

The company has numerous projects in development in both features and television. Koslow is an Executive Producer on the just wrapped Netflix film Lost Girls directed by Academy Award-nominated Liz Garbus and starring Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Ryan and Golden Globe-winning actor Gabriel Byrne.

The company is based in Santa Monica, CA.

 

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