British actor Michael Sheen has a busy line up as he joins Samuel L. Jackson on the thriller Unthinkable and will also appear in Tim Burton’s re-imagining of classic children’s story Alice in Wonderland.
According to Variety, Gregor Jordan will direct Unthinkable; a story that takes a look at the ethics of torture after a terrorist threatening to detonate nuclear devices in the U.S. is questioned by a black-operations interrogator and an FBI agent, Carrie-Ann Moss.
Filming begins shooting this month.
Sheen will have a role in Alice in Wonderland, it’s not disclosed yet.
An important point that Variety noted about Michael Sheen: both films are a change in direction for Sheen, who has made a name for himself playing real-life characters to critical acclaim.
Sheen stars as British TV personality David Frost in Ron Howard’s upcoming Frost/Nixon. He portrayed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in The Deal, which I wrote about and Screenhead sponsored a Giveaway, and The Queen, both of which were directed by Stephen Frears.
In The Damned United he plays legendary English soccer coach Brian Clough. The film is in post-production.
Sheen may also reprise his role as Blair in Morgan’s The Special Relationship, an intimate look at the former prime minister’s relationships with U.S. presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.