Mahershala Ali, Tom Hardy to star in the thriller, 77 Blackout

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No Time To Die’s Cary Joji Fukunaga is to direct 77 Blackout, with Mahershala Ali and Tom Hardy set to star.

The Cannes FIlm Festival launches this week, which means there are plenty of new projects popping up as they head to the event in search of buyers.

One such film is 77 Blackout, a heist thriller that boasts the twin talents of Mahershala Ali and Tom Hardy. Cary Joji Fukunaga, the director of No Time To Die – and the mind behind the acclaimed first season of True Detective – will helm the film.

Add in a 1970s period setting and a fun twist on the heist formula and this one really might be something special. So what is the twist? Multiple heists from multiple criminal organisations, all in one night.

Here’s the synopsis, via Deadline:

‘Set in 1977, five rogue police officers formulate a plan to rob three criminal strongholds – the Hong Kong Triads, the Italian Mafia, and the Harlem Mob – all in one night. When a blackout sweeps the city the night of the robbery, the crew is forced to navigate a hellish landscape as years of being overworked and underpaid forces each of them to confront their own morality.’

Independent production company Black Bear Pictures is behind the project, which will look for investment later this week when it hits Cannes. The company has already released Immaculate in 2024, with the Sydney Sweeney-starring horror earning strong reviews. It also has Guy Ritchie’s The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare releasing around the world this year. The film is already available to watch in the US, although frustratingly, we don’t yet know when the film will be launching in the UK.

While The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare may well end up going straight to streaming in the UK, we’re hoping that any Cannes deal for 77 Blackout will involve a theatrical release. That way we can enjoy those funky 70s hairdos and fashion trends on the largest screen possible. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

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