Alexander Skarsgard Joins Michael Shannon’s Directorial Debut ‘Eric Larue’

Alexander Skarsgard

Alexander Skarsgard is set to join the cast of Michael Shannon’s directorial debut, Eric Larue.

Skarsgard, 45, is joining Judy Greer, Tracy Letts, Alison Pill, Kate Arrington, Paul Sparks, and Annie Parisse who have also been cast in the film, which is the film adaptation of the 2002 Brett Neveu play (also titled Eric Larue).

The film, which is currently in production in Wilmington, North Carolina, follows the mother of a 17-year-old boy who shot and killed three of his classmates.

“‘Eric Larue’ has so much to say about our country, about the way we try (sometimes quite ineptly) to deal with the trauma of living here, which is so insidious because it does not present itself overtly in concrete terms most of the time,” Shannon says of the project. “Like most great stories, Eric Larue plays at the macro and a micro level simultaneously. When I read the screenplay, I immediately knew I had to direct it. I saw it. I heard it. I could feel it. And I wanted to make sure that it received just the right touch in all its aspects, because at the end of the day, it is an extraordinarily delicate thing.”

“I find it interesting to align with artists possessing the most vivid imaginations, the most stringent yet empathetic senses of morality, and the most passionate and rigorous disciplines to create worlds and stories that contribute to our experience and understanding of what it is to be a human being in this day and age and, particularly, this country.” Shannon adds.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the project surface. Currently, there is no release date announced. But with the production schedule, it’s likely to be a 2023 release.


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