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The Danish actor Claes Bang has found huge international attention after starring in the Palme d’Or-winning The Square. He has been confirmed to be starring in The Burnt Orange Heresy.

The neo-noir is set in 1970s Italy, and will follow an American art critic (Bang) who hooks up with a provocative woman who is touring Europe (played by Elizabeth Debicki). The new lovers travel to Lake Como and stay at the estate of an art collecting lawyer, where the critic is offered a seductive deal – in exchange for a a career-transforming introduction to Jerome Debney (Christopher Walken), the J.D. Salinger of the art world, he must steal a new masterpiece from the artist’s studio for the lawyer’s personal collection.

The script is written by Scott B. Smith and is adapted from a novel by Charles Willeford. The film is being produced by David Zander of MJZ, William Horberg from Wonderful Films, and David Lancaster from Rumble Films.

The Burnt Orange Heresy will be shot in Italy this summer.

Scott B. Smith has written the screenplay, adapted from a novel by Charles Willeford. Producers are David Zander of MJZ (Spring Breakers), William Horberg (The Kite Runner) through his company Wonderful Films, and David Lancaster (Whiplash) through Rumble Films. Aeysha Walsh from MJZ and Stephanie Wilcox from Rumble Films are serving as executive producers.