PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND GK FILMS’ ANNOUNCE PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON “ALLIED”

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Via Priyanka Basu, Everymedia

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 19, 2016) – Principal photography is underway on Paramount Pictures and GK Films’ “ALLIED,” starring Academy Award®-nominee Brad Pitt (“FURY,” “WORLD WAR Z”) and Academy Award®-winner Marion Cotillard (“THE DARK KNIGHT RISES,” “LA VIE EN ROSE”). The film is directed by Academy Award®-winning director Robert Zemeckis (“THE WALK,” “FORREST GUMP”).

It is shooting in London, with production also taking place in the Canary Islands.

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The romantic thriller features an original story written by Steven Knight (“THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY,” “DIRTY PRETTY THINGS”). Graham King (“RANGO,” “THE DEPARTED”), Zemeckis, and Steve Starkey (“FLIGHT,” “REAL STEEL”) are producing. Denis O’Sullivan (“THE 5th WAVE,” “THE YOUNG VICTORIA”), Jack Rapke (“FLIGHT,” “REAL STEEL”), Jackie Levine (“THE WALK”), Patrick McCormick (“BLACK MASS”), and Knight are serving as executive producers.

“ALLIED” is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

The film will be released on November 23, 2016.

Joining Pitt and Cotillard are Jared Harris (“LINCOLN,” “MAD MEN”), Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex,” “NOW YOU SEE ME 2”), and Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey,” “THE IMITATION GAME”)

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

GK Films is one of the foremost creative forces in both major motion pictures and independent features.  Helmed by Academy Award-winning producer, Graham King, the company has produced and executive produced more than 45 films, grossing $1.4 billion at the domestic box office, and over $3.3 billion worldwide.  Also heralded by critics and film groups, GK Films’ projects have been nominated for 61 Academy Awards, 38 Golden Globe Awards, and 52 British Academy Film Awards. The company is currently in production on ALLIED starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard with Robert Zemeckis attached to direct. Written by Steven Knight, the romantic thriller is slated for release on November 23, 2016. Additional forthcoming projects include the highly anticipated franchise reboot of TOMB RAIDER; a remake of the classic French film THE RED CIRCLE; and the untitled FREDDIE MERCURY STORY. Previous GK Films’ projects include WORLD WAR Z, ARGO, HUGO, RANGO, IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY and THE TOWN.  King won a Best Picture Oscar as a producer on Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime drama, THE DEPARTED.  King’s past film credits also include TRAFFIC, THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YORK, ALI and BLOOD DIAMOND.