Duke Nicholson, William H. Macy, Tiffany Haddish, Stephen Dorff, Jake Weary & Julia Fox Set For Action-Thriller ‘The Deputy’ From ‘Narcos’ Co-Creator

July 14, 2024

Duke Nicholson (Us), William H. Macy (Fargo), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Stephen Dorff (Blade), Jake Weary (Oh, Canada) and Julia Fox (Uncut Gems) are set to star in action-Thriller The Deputy, which Highland Film Group is launching for the Cannes market.

The film is directed by Matt Sukkar in his feature directorial debut and written by Narcos co-creator and co-writer Carlo Bernard based on the eponymous novel by Victor Gischler.

The official synopsis reads: “Part-time Deputy Toby Sawyer (Duke Nicholson) is jolted awake by Chief Krueger (William H. Macy) and assigned to guard a dead body until the coroner arrives. When the corpse mysteriously vanishes, Toby launches a frantic search and unwittingly discovers decades of wrongdoing…and several cops who have turned a blind eye, including Deputy Billy Banks (Stephen Dorff) who pressures Toby to ignore his findings. Only Deputy Amanda Jackson (Tiffany Haddish) appears trustworthy. Desperate to keep his job, Toby must unravel the town’s deep web of corruption before he and his career end up as dead as the missing cadaver.”

Pic is being produced by David Lipper and Robert A. Daly Jr under their Latigo Films banner (Freud’s Last Session), Mark Canton (300), and Dorothy Canton (Arthur The King) of Canton Entertainment, and Ryan Winterstern of Applewood Studios (Land of Bad).

They are joining Hicham Benkirane, who sourced and developed the project, and is producing via his HBK F.C. banner (Interstate), alongside Brendan Thomas (The Cat and The Moon) and Sukkar. The film is executive-produced by Victor Gischler, Carlo Bernard, Tiffany Haddish, William H. Macy, Daisy Burnham and Highland Film Group.

Highland Film Group is co-financing and handling worldwide rights. Production is set to start in September in “the American South”.

“We are excited to be working with seasoned filmmakers with such impressive credentials as Mark Canton and Carlo Bernard. We are confident that The Deputy will deliver all the action and thrills Victor Gischler infused in his novel. And it’s wonderful to be supporting Duke Nicholson as he launches his career – we believe he has a big future!”, said Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser.

Nicholson is repped by Management Production Entertainment and Deborah Klein at Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Macy is repped by IAG and Atlas Artists; Haddish is repped by UTA and Brillstein; Dorff is repped by Atlas Artists; Weary is repped by Gersh; Fox is repped by WME and Framework; Sukkar is repped by Luber Roklin, and Yorn, Levine, Barnes, Krintzman, et al.

By Andreas Wiseman, Deadline