Harlin talks Georgia and cast
Georgia is the latest film from Renny Harlin, a film that sounds far from the usual titles associated with the man who brought us Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Deep Blue Sea, and the other version of Exorcist: The Beginning, however he's lining up an interesting cast to a thriller set against the very real world of the Russian and Georgian conflict in 2008.
The film will see Andy Garcia playing the part of the Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, with Val Kilmer playing a journalist who, together with his cameraman, get caught up in the crossfire between Russia and Georgia.
It seems strange that Renny Harlin might be the first to really tackle a major film about the conflict, but he is, and unsurprisingly it's only going to use the war as the backdrop to a thriller. Still, he has some strength in the genre, and the cast list could well be supporting a strong film.
Renny Harlin spoke about the film, provisionally titled Georgia, when Andy Garcia arrived in Georgia to start filming, and he said that he really will try and keep the film impartial. Through The Guardian he said:
”I've waited a long time to find something with substance and reality...I want to make a film that says something about the human condition, and even if only a few people see this and feel its impact and its anti-war message, then I will have done something that's important and I will be proud of it.”
In fact an Executive Producer on the film reiterated that it would be impartial and that this will be more of an anti-war film:
"Our main concern was to show war as a bad thing...We had an opportunity to make a really anti-war film."
It's not clear how much we'll see of the superb Andy Garcia as the Georgian President who was blamed for starting the war, even with the European Union showing that Russia's retaliation and invasion violated International Law, but I do hope that we're going to see a good deal of the actor. It's certainly a great role for him.
I'm also wondering how much of the thriller aspect we'll see and how much will be left to the actual events, a conflict that resulted in around eight hundred and fifty people being killed and more than one hundred thousands being displaced as Russian military invaded and carried out air strikes.
The Hollywood Reporter through ComingSoon had the news that both Val Kilmer and Emmanuelle Chriqui were joining the film as the journalist who leads the story and a Georgian who becomes caught up with the journalist and his cameraman.