Julianne Moore has signed on to star in Apple-A24’s latest collaboration, a film titled Sharper. She will play a con artist targeting billionaires in Manhattan. A24 will serve as the studio, but the film is expected to be released on Apple TV+.
There’s currently no director attached, but The Sitter scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka have written the spec script which Apple reportedly acquired in a competitive bidding war.
Moore playing a con artist ripping of rich folks in Manhattan? Sounds great. But a film penned by the writers of terrible movie The Sitter, who don’t have another credit to their name? Not so great.
Hopefully Gatewood and Tanaka will prove that The Sitter was a massive misstep and prove their talent with Sharper. The report of a bidding war is at least somewhat encouraging.
It makes sense that Apple would be interested in Sharper. First, they need content, fast.
But mostly because they’re already in business with Moore, who is starring in the upcoming limited series Lisey’s Story, based on Stephen King‘s novel. King himself has written all eight episodes, and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot will produce.
Sharper is the latest collaboration between Apple and A24, which also include Sofia Coppola‘s On The Rocks starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones, and Josephine Decker‘s adaptation of Jandy Nelson‘s YA book The Sky Is Everywhere.
Apple also has the Tom Hanks WWII movie Greyhound releasing in July, as well as the Sundance-winning documentary Boys State in the can.
Hopefully Sharper lives up to its intriguing premise. Moore has a couple of other intriguing films coming soon, including a role in Joe Wright‘s thriller The Woman In The Window and a leading role alongside Will Ferrell in Max Winkler‘s Fruitcake.