EXCLUSIVE: Zachary Levi (Shazam!) is set to topline Hotel Tehran, a new action thriller marking the fourth feature from writer-director Guy Moshe (Bunraku).
In the film heading into production in May, Levi plays Tucker, who leads a unit of disgraced, war-torn ex-CIA operators into the heart of Tehran to take down a life-changing score.
Moshe wrote the script with Mark Bacci (Prisoner’s Daughter), from an original idea by Bazzel Baz (The Blacklist), a former CIA special operations group officer. Oakhurst Entertainment is financing. Oakhurst’s Marina Grasic is producing alongside Matthew G. Zamias (Boxing Day), co-founder of the new financing and production company Astral Future, as well as Wendy Sweetmore of Dreamtime Films. Astral Future’s Harel Kodesh and Arbel Kodesh are exec producing alongside Moshe, Baz, Justin C. Oberman, and William Doyle (The Killer). Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee (Spotlight) are handling casting.
In a statement to Deadline, Moshe said, “Can’t wait to collaborate with Zac on this. He’s not only a great actor but also an insightful partner. We both share the same vision for what we hope and believe will be a special film beyond the confines of the genre.”
Oakhurst’s Grasic remarked that “Zac and Guy are an ideal team! Zac is an incredibly talented actor and we know he will deliver a knockout performance.”
Stated Astral Future’s Zamias, “We are thrilled to announce Zac’s casting in Astral Future’s first film as a company. Guy is a rare and versatile filmmaker that I have collaborated with for many years, and this will be his most personal film to date. Our producing team has every confidence that he will execute standout action anchored in American realpolitik and the human condition.”
Added Dreamtime’s Sweetmore, “We couldn’t be more excited for Guy to bring this film to life, one that is very special for Baz and myself as it is inspired by rather intriguing CIA folklore yet steeped in authenticity.”
Recently taking on the title role in DC’s Shazam! superhero flicks, which together grossed over $500M globally, Levi is otherwise perhaps best known for leading the popular NBC spy series Chuck, which ran for five seasons. In addition to last year’s Shazam! Fury of the Gods, recent projects for the actor include true-life football drama American Underdog, Spy Kids: Armageddon, and Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget. Other upcoming projects for Levi include survival thriller Not Without Hope, Sony’s live-action adaptation of children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon, and Lionsgate drama The Unbreakable Boy.
Previously, Moshe has helmed the action thriller Bunraku starring Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson, genre-bender LX 2048, and the Cambodia-set drama Holly with Ron Livingston, among other projects.
Levi is represented by UTA, Untitled, and McKuin Frankel Whitehead; Moshe by CAA and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols.