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Further Cast announced to star alongside Samuel L. Jackson in Jalmari Helander

11 September 2013

Principal photography will commence from 12 September on action adventure film BIG GAME, written and directed by Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale). As previously announced, Samuel L. Jackson will star as the President of The United States, alongside Onni Tommila (Rare Exports) as his unexpected 13-year old sidekick. New cast additions include British talent Jim Broadbent (Iris, The Iron Lady) and Ray Stevenson (Thor, GI Joe: Retaliation) and, from Germany, Mehmet Kurtulus (Short Sharp Shock).

An adrenaline-fuelled action adventure, BIG GAME will shoot for eight weeks on locations across Bavaria and at Bavaria Film Studios.

BIG GAME tells the story of Oskari (Tommila), a shy, nervous 13-year old boy. Like his forefathers, his time has come to take a test of manhood by spending one day and one night alone in the wilderness of a vast local forest.  Armed only with a bow and arrow, his task is to return with a prize to prove himself.   But this is no ordinary night; Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and Oskari discovers the President of the United States (Jackson) in an escape pod. Now the fate of the most powerful man in the world lies in his hands. With the terrorists closing in, Oskari and the President must team up to survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives.

Based on a story by Jalmari Helander and Petri Jokiranta, BIG GAME combines the universal rite-of-passage theme of iconic 80's films, such as E.T. and The Karate Kid with the visceral thrill of high-concept action classics such as Die Hard and Taken. The Director of Photography is Mika Orasmaa (Rare Exports, Iron Sky) with Scanline VFX (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Iron Man) on board for all special effects.

As director and co-writer, Jalmari Helander comments: “BIG GAME is an action adventure story on an epic scale. I’m delighted to be taking this genre on as it has always been very close to my heart, as action-packed adventure stories contain the elements that I believe make movies that are worth watching."

A Finnish-German-UK co-production, Petri Jokiranta will produce under the Subzero banner, alongside Will Clarke and Andy Mayson for Altitude Film Entertainment, with Jens Meurer of Egoli Tossell Film as the German producer. Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Dredd) is executive producer. Financiers include: Finnish Film Foundation; YLE; Nordisk Film & TV Fond; Visionplus Fund; Bavarian Film Partners; Bavarian Film and Television Fund (FFFBayern); German Federal Film Fund (DFFF), along with Comerica Bank Entertainment Group and KfW Bankengruppe.

BIG GAME is the first international project to have received backing from FFF Bayern’s special programme for international co-productions.

Altitude Film Sales is handling worldwide sales, with Altitude and WME jointly representing the North American rights. Entertainment One has taken all rights to the film for the UK, Ascot Elite for all German-speaking territories and Nordisk for Scandinavia.

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Altitude Film Entertainment is a UK-based vertically integrated film company launched last year by Will Clarke, founder of leading UK independent producer and distributor Optimum Releasing (now Studio Canal), with Andy Mayson as joint CEO and Mike Runagall as Managing Director of international sales company, Altitude Film Sales. Altitude has been focusing on production, financing and international sales with a strong commercial outlook.   The company’s first creative partnerships are with filmmakers James Watkins (The Woman in Black, Eden Lake) and Simon Duric for The Loch; Jalmari Helander, Petri Jokiranta, Jens Meurer and Alex Garland for Big Game;  producer/actor Jason Maza (The Knot, Fish Tank, Welcome to the Punch) and director/actor Nick Nevern (Terry, The Sweeney) on The Hooligan Factory; director Jabbar Raisani for Outpost 37; producer Gregor Cameron  (Goin’ Down to South Park, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show) and Owen Harris (Holy Flying Circus) for Kill Your Friends; and Ben Craig (Modern Times) writer Matt Charman (A Night at the Dogs) to make Mythica.

Subzero Film Entertainment is established in 2012 by producer Petri Jokiranta and director Jalmari Helander after the success of their previous film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.  Under their Subzero banner Jokiranta and Helander will concentrate on developing high-concept genre projects for Helander to direct and Subzero to produce.

Egoli Tossell Film - part of the Film House Germany group - was founded by Judy Tossell and Jens Meurer in 2001. Currently filming Hector and the Search for Happiness starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer and Jean Reno, their recent productions and co-productions include Ron Howard's Rush with Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, James McAvoy in the Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth, Unfinished Song with Gemma Arterton and Terence Stamp, Golden Globe-winner Carlos, Sean Bean in medieval Horror-Thriller Black Death and Oscar® -nominated The Last Station starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer.