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Jamie Bell to join the cast of RETREAT

Symon Cordova

by: Symon Cordova
August 13th, 2010

Jamie Bell

Back in July, we heard some  of our first news on the virus thriller, RETREAT, and it started off on the right foot, with Cillian Murphy taking the lead, along with Thandie Newton also joining the cast.  

Now Deadline is reporting that Jamie Bell is also coming on board the project. Bell is best known for playing Billy Elliot in BILLY ELLIOT, and has been here and there in films like KING KONG, JUMPER, and THE CHUMSCRUBBER. And if you have not seen him in what I think could be one of his best perfomances to date, check out NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, in which he plays Smike, a truly kind character who is tragically handicapped, but still is happy guy, sort of.

RETREAT is about a husband and wife (Murphy and Newton) who go to a remote island and rent a place there so they can help save their marriage. When a soldier in a biohazard suit washes up onto their beach, he tells them that everyone on the mainland has been killed by an airborne virus.  

For some reason, I am extremely fascinated by viruses, and I hope that this film can capture the suspense and also carry strong realism so that its events feels like they could actually happen - I love when disaster movies do that. As of now, there is no solid information on what role Bell will be playing.  

Carl Tibbets is both the writer and director of RETREAT, and this will be his first writer/directorial effort. Filming is said to begin in September, so stay tuned for more news.

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