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The Good Liar (2019)

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UNRAVEL THE SECRETS AND LIES IN THE GOOD LIAR TRAILER






 

From Bill Condon comes a story about the secrets we keep and the lives we live. Watch the official trailer for “The Good Liar” below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas November 2019.

The New Line Cinema drama “The Good Liar” pairs Oscar winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) and two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen (“Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “Gods and Monsters”) on the big screen for the first time.  

Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Gods and Monsters,” directed and produced the film from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (“Mr. Holmes”), based on the widely acclaimed novel by Nicholas Searle.  

Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online.  As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

“The Good Liar” also stars Russell Tovey (TV’s “Quantico”) and Jim Carter (TV’s “Downton Abbey”).

Greg Yolen also served as producer, alongside Condon.  The executive producers were Richard Brener, Andrea Johnston, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Anjay Nagpal, Jack Morrissey, and Nick O’Hagan.

The creative filmmaking team included director of photography Tobias Schliessler (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Mr. Holmes”), production designer John Stevenson (BAFTA nominee, “Burton and Taylor”), editor Virginia Katz (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Mr. Holmes”), and costume designer Keith Madden (miniseries “Patrick Melrose,” “Mr. Holmes”).  The music is composed by two-time Oscar nominee Carter Burwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Carol”).

“The Good Liar” was filmed on location in London and Berlin.  

New Line Cinema presents, in association with BRON Creative, a 1000 Eyes Production, a Bill Condon Film, “The Good Liar.”  The film will be distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.


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    THE MYSTERY DEEPENS IN THE NEW TRAILER OF THE GOOD LIAR 
     



    Let the game begin. Watch the brand new trailer for “The Good Liar” below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas November 27.



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    READ BETWEEN THE LIES IN THE SUSPENSE THRILLER “THE GOOD LIAR” 

     



    Legendary actors Helen Mirren (Oscar winner, “The Queen”) and Ian McKellen (two-time Oscar nominee, “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “Gods and Monsters”) star together on screen for the first time in  New Line Cinema’s suspenseful drama “The Good Liar” about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.

    In the film, consummate con man Roy Courtnay (McKellen) has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish (Mirren), worth millions.  And Roy means to take it all.

    From their very first meeting, Roy begins plying Betty with his tried and true manipulations, and Betty, who seems quite taken with him, is soon going along for the ride.  But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes—revealing more insidious deceptions that will take them both through a minefield of danger, intrigue and betrayal.

    “The Good Liar” was directed by Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Gods and Monsters,” from a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (“Mr. Holmes”), based on the widely acclaimed novel by Nicholas Searle.  The main cast also includes Russell Tovey (“The History Boys,” “Quantico”) and Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”).

    “‘The Good Liar” is an intriguing look at the dark side of human nature but often with a glimmer of macabre humor,” says director and producer Bill Condon of this gripping tale where so little is what it seems to be.  “It’s a thriller with a Hitchcockian feel, weaving in elements of mystery, crime and a human drama.  And at its heart are two beautifully complex characters played by two of the greatest actors of all time, at the top of their form, who can keep you guessing like a classic whodunnit till the very end.  It’s all wickedly fun.”

    Beyond that, and because he knows that people likely expect to have the rug pulled out from under them in a story like this, Condon adds, “What excites me most is how audiences will be able to piece together this intricate puzzle with all its twists and turns. It’s not just the twists themselves that might surprise you but the motives and the sheer depth of where they come from and why.”

    “In a sense, the story reveals the fascinating pathology of a career con man,” notes Condon.  But although the Nicholas Searle novel on which the film is based focuses more on Roy’s trajectory, Condon instinctively saw it as a cinematic two-hander between Betty and Roy—or Helen and Ian—where, he adds, “the female character and her point of view have equal weight.  It really begins and ends with this relationship that develops between the two of them.”

    In a story about secrets and lies, Condon concludes, “the best part of watching a movie like this is that you never know what’s going to happen—or why.  And that’s the fun of it.”

    In Philippine cinemas November 27, “The Good Liar” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  

     

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    “QUANTICO’S” RUSSELL TOVEY UNMASKS THE PRETENDER THE GOOD LIAR 



    British actor Russel Tovey (The History Boys, TV’s Being Human, Quantico) stars as Helen Mirren’s character’s well-meaning but headstrong grandson, Stephen, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ new thriller, “The Good Liar” (in Philippine cinemas November 27).

    In the film, career con man Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren), worth millions.  And he means to take it all.  But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the ultimate stakes. 

    Tovey’s character, Stephen, has been trying in vain to persuade his grandmother Betty to put the brakes on things, at least until he can run a background check on Roy.

    “Stephen is someone who pushes and he’s not afraid of being aggressive or antagonistic,” Tovey says. “He cares for Betty and has taken on this protective role, but he probably takes it too far.  He’s very dubious about this man coming into her life and frustrated that Betty and Roy have become so close, so quickly.  It’s a constant challenge for him to keep his emotions in check and he becomes a real thorn in Roy’s side.”

    Consequently, Stephen’s own relationship with Betty becomes increasingly strained as, above all, Betty prizes her independence: her home, her life, her decisions.

    Citing Tovey’s standout performance in “The History Boys” and his leading role in the recent London stage production of “Angels in America,” director Bill Condon says, “He’s an actor I’ve always wanted to work with.  Stephen is a part that could have gone in another direction.  He could have been a more traditionally conventional, uptight, academic and a bit of a prig.  I really liked how Russell brought a different kind of life to it.”

    Though Stephen’s reaction to Roy is less than enthusiastic, Tovey couldn’t have been happier to reunite with McKellen, with whom he worked on the 2011 short “Lady Grey London.”  “Ian is just cool,” he says. “He’s not at all his age; he’s like a dude.  I loved hanging out with him.  And Helen is heaven, just heaven.  At one point I was aware that I was standing next to Gandalf and Queen Elizabeth—these actors who are so well-respected and with such incredible careers and yet they’re so grounded and gracious.  When you do scenes together and they’re just in the moment with you, it’s the most rewarding experience.”

    “The Good Liar” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.

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    THE GOOD LIAR SETS FIRST ON-SCREEN TEAM-UP OF 

    HELEN MIRREN, IAN MCKELLEN

     


    Having seen Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen match wits on the Broadway stage some years ago director Bill Condon says, “I knew they were great sparring partners.”  Now, the iconic actors star together on screen for the first time in New Line Cinema’s suspenseful drama “The Good Liar” (in Philippine cinemas November 27).

    In the film, consummate con man Roy Courtnay (McKellen) has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish (Mirren), worth millions.  And Roy means to take it all.  From their very first meeting, Roy begins plying Betty with his tried and true manipulations, and Betty, who seems quite taken with him, is soon going along for the ride.  But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes—revealing more insidious deceptions that will take them both through a minefield of danger, intrigue and betrayal.

    Comparing the way in which audiences gain insight about the two leads, Condon goes on to say, “From the beginning it’s Roy we learn the most about in terms of his life and activities, whereas Betty plays things much closer to the vest. She’s mostly seen from Roy’s point of view, which makes Helen’s performance all the more challenging because within that context—a ‘mark,’ a homebody, a lonely widow—you come to realize that’s not quite all there is to it.”

    “As we see her,” Mirren volunteers, “she’s a nice person. She’s intelligent, but with a sort of innocence about her and a sense of decency.  She’s also direct, which I like.”

    But intelligence can be a subjective commodity.  It’s possible to be highly educated in one area of expertise such as art, history or literature, yet know next to nothing about finances and investments because, perhaps, there used to be a spouse at home who took charge of such things.  When it comes to Betty, this all-too-common lapse is what Roy is counting on.  As Condon asserts, “It’s what all cons count on.”

    Consequently, it was Mirren’s task to play Betty, he describes, “as slightly less sophisticated about certain things. But what you don’t want is a person who comes across as unconvincingly naïve.  Betty is bright, there’s no denying that.  Helen just has to bring it down a couple of points and it’s that kind of subtlety that she does so brilliantly. That’s part of what’s so delicate about the movie. It’s not a traditional mystery in that we’re not pretending that Betty isn’t also holding something back. You get just a sense of it, possibly, but you can’t imagine what it is, or why, or how she’s planning to use it.”

    With Roy, meanwhile, a great deal is immediately revealed regarding his plans and various business deals, not to mention the depth of his determination to get what he wants. And yet, so much about him remains unknowable, a fact that McKellen teases by acknowledging, “If I talk about Roy, I might be saying something Roy wouldn’t want me to tell you. That he’s a con man is rapidly obvious, but who he actually is, where he comes from and what his motives are, are part of the fun of watching the story unwind.  His mustache is real; I’ll tell you that much.”

    It’s that dry sense of humor, along with McKellen’s other gifts, that Condon has come to count upon in his performances. “Ian is one of the world’s preeminent Shakespearean actors,” he says, “with a gallery of film villains to his credit, but I believe it was ‘Lord of the Rings’ and that wonderful, magical twinkle he brought to Gandalf that made him beloved around the world by a new legion of fans.  He brings all of those elements together in Roy.”

    “The Good Liar” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company

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