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Us or Them: New Film starring Malin Akerman

MSR Media Producer Philippe Martinez announced today that Malin Åkerman (Warner Bros.’ Rampage and Watchmen), Jack Donnelly (BBC’s hit TV series “Atlantis,” CBS’ “Anubis”), Wayne Gordon (Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen, Sony’s Skyfall), Nicole Bartlett (director Rod McCall’s Jim), Celine Arden (MGM/UA’s The Hustle) and Sam Cassidy (Disney’s “Guilt”) star in the new action-thriller feature film Us or Them. Directed by Tom Paton (MSR Media’s Assailant, Samuel Goldwyn Films’ Black Ops, Lionsgate’s G-Loc), the film is written by Nicole Bartlett from a story by Paton. Us or Them recently wrapped production in the islands of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. 


While enjoying a luxury holiday won on a mobile game app, childhood best friends Jude (Jack Donnelly) and Andy (Wayne Gordon) agree to play another game despite the foreboding caveat that once the game begins, they must play to the end. Enticed by the $20 Million grand prize by a mysterious woman called The Officiator (Malin Akerman), the duo signs up for a deadly round of “Us or Them,” where matching with your partner is critical and mutual trust is profoundly tested. As the game progresses, the penalties for disagreement escalate along with the prize money. The pair soon realize that failure to agree will have dire consequences not just for them, but also for their family members.  


Us or Them is produced by MSR Media’s Philippe Martinez and Highfield Grange Studios’ Alan Latham. The film is executive produced by Karinne Behr and Lee Beasley from MSR Media, Alastair Burlingham and Gary Raskin of Sherborne Media, alongside Danny Chan and Jacob Katsman. Production financing is being provided by Sherborne Media. MSR Media International is representing worldwide rights and is launching sales at the Marché du Film.


Martinez highlighted, “Following his superb direction on Assailant, we are delighted to reteam with Tom Paton, a filmmaker who uses the idyllic settings of St Kitts and Nevis as the perfect counterpoint to his electrifying tale in Us or Them. I’m pleased that we were able to assemble a sterling cast headlined by Malin Åkerman, Jack Donnelly and Wayne Gordon whose proven talents in both dramatic and action sequences helped bring Nicole Bartlett’s chilling script to life.”


Us or Them is the latest film to shoot under the multi-film program struck last year between MSR Media and the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis under the leadership of Hon. Prime

Minister Timothy Harris, the Hon. Akilah Byron Nisbett, Minister of Health, ICT, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship and Talent Development, and the Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis.  


Malin Åkerman shot to stardom for the breakthrough role of Silk Spectre II in Warner Bros.’ Watchmen, based on the popular comic book and directed by Zack Snyder. On TV, she played the unforgettable Lara Axelrod on Showtime’s hit series “Billions” and starred in ABC’s “Trophy Wife” opposite Bradley Whitford and Marcia Gay Harden. She also appeared in Philippe Martinez’s A Week in Paradise, 20th Century Fox’s 27 Dresses starring Katherine Heigl and James Marsden, Couples Retreat, The Heartbreak Kid, Rock of Ages, and Warner Bros.’ Rampage, among many others.


Jack Donnelly is the British actor whose credits also include the title role of Jason of the Argonauts in the BBC’s hit TV series “Atlantis,” CBS’ “House of Anubis,” A Week in Paradise starring Malin Akerman, Connie Nielsen, Philip Winchester, Friendsgiving, starring Malin Akerman and Kat Dennings, and the soccer mockumentary United We Fall.


Wayne Gordon is a Jamaican-born actor who used his physical prowess to get such roles as Silva's mercenary in Sony's Skyfall and a stunt performer in Lionsgate's Red 2. On TV, he played the notable role of Otto in season 3 of the hit AMC show Into the Badlands. His other credits include Philippe Martinez's A Song to Kill For, Lionsgate's Angel Has Fallen and Netflix's Vikings Valhalla.


Nicole Bartlett made her screen debut in director Rod McCall’s Jim and wrote the screenplay for Us or Them based on a story by Tom Paton who also directs the feature.

Celine Arden appeared in MGM’s crime comedy The Hustle starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson and Danis Tanovic’s crime drama The Postcard Killings starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Famke Janssen.  Her numerous TV guest roles include appearances on such notable programs as Netflix’s hit romance “Bridgerton,” History Channel’s “Spy Wars,” SyFy’s action adventure “Krypton” and BBC’s drama “Doctors.”


Sam Cassidy’s television credits include appearances in AMC’s Sci-fi drama “Humans,” BBC’s family show “The Dumping Ground” and a recurring role on ABC’s crime mystery “Guilt.”


Us or Them  is the fifth film to be shot on the Island of Nevis. MSR Media recently completed production on: the romantic comedy Christmas in the Caribbean starring Elizabeth Hurley, Caroline Quentin, Nathalie Cox, Edoardo Costa, Hadar Cats, Downtown Julie Brown and Rafael Emmanuel Martinez; the romantic comedy A Week in Paradise starring Malin Åkerman, Connie Nielsen, Philip Winchester and Jack Donnelly; the suspense thriller Assailant, directed by Tom Paton and starring Poppy Delevingne, Chad Michael Collins, Casper Van Dien and Jeff Fahey; as

well as on their comedy feature film One Year Off. Under the production deal, the government of St Kitts and Nevis is offering access to multiple locations across the island and hotel support for visiting cast members. In 2020, MSR Media successfully completed production of two movies shot during COVID restrictions in the UK – the family comedy Father Christmas is Back, starring Elizabeth Hurley, Kelsey Grammer, and John Cleese, and family adventure Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop, starring Nathalie Cox and Kelsey Grammer.


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