Normal: Bob Odenkirk’s upcoming action film from Ben Wheatley secures international pre-sales

The comedic actor turned heads (and broke necks) in Nobody. His follow-up actioner has made its pre-sales from around the world.

Last Updated on May 3, 2024

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Comedic actor and writer Bob Odenkirk is loading up for his next foray into the action genre. Odenkirk would take many by surprise when he took on a movie like 2021’s Nobody, which gave him the opportunity to perform John Wick-esque action. The film would even be written by John Wick‘s writer, Derek Kolstad. Odenkirk is set to reunite with Kolstad on another action film with Free Fire‘s Ben Wheatley in the director’s seat, titled Normal. Deadline is now reporting that the film has secured distribution sales from all around the world.

The territories that have acquired the film and their respective distributors include the UK (Sky), LATAM/Italy/Portugal/Spain (Vertice), Eastern Europe (M2 Films), France (Metropolitan), Germany (Leonine), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Greece (Spentzos), Turkey (BG Film), Middle East (Grand Entertainment FZCO), India (PVR Pictures), English-speaking Africa (Gravel Road), Benelux (The Searchers), Baltic States (ACME Film), Ukraine (UFD), Israel (United King), Indonesia (PT Prima), Philippines (Pioneer), and South Korea (Pancinema), in addition to Anuvu for airlines. 

The film finds Odenkirk playing Ulysses, a lawman “who is thrust into the temporary role of the sheriff for the small sleepy town Normal after the previous one’s untimely death. When the town’s bank is robbed by an out-of-town couple, Ulysses arrives on the scene to find that the town is hiding much more sinister deep-seated secrets under its surface and everyone – from the bartender to the priest – is in on it. And now Ulysses, who’s up-till-now focused only on running away from the demons of his past, must uncover the full extent of this criminal conspiracy.“

Odenkirk recently conveyed that he was equally impressed with the concept behind Normal as he was with Nobody. “It just had this quality to it I don’t think I’ve seen in an action movie in forever. I’m going to call it suspense mystery,” he said. “You could argue that the Bourne films, especially the early ones, have that element, where he’s trying to explore and solve a mystery, the mystery of his own past. There’s that sort of dimension in this story, something that Derek expanded on, which I think was the reason Ben Wheatley came on board.”

He would also explain why he thinks an against-type of actor like him is an ideal candidate for these type of action roles. “A lot of action movies, where the guys are too handsome and built, it’s hard for the audience to buy into the idea that they’re in danger. I don’t have that problem,” Odenkirk said. “Audiences genuinely see me and go, ‘Oh, jeez, this guy is screwed. He’s going to get his ass handed to him.’ He doesn’t get to win by sheer muscle because he doesn’t have that. He gets to win through tenacity and cleverness.“

Source: Deadline

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