Golden Globe winner Brian Cox is no stranger to the family’s complicated ties. Like the Roy Patriarch in HBO’s Succession, Cox has spent three seasons delighted in family politics and the handling of media conglomerate Waystar Royco. Now the 75-year-old actor is set to debut as a director with his own take on family dysfunction, titled Glenrothan.
Described by Deadline have a “love letter” to Cox’s home in Scotland, the film is set against the backdrop of a thriving distillery town in the Scottish Highlands, Glenrothan.
“Glenrothan is my tribute to the elements that make Scotland such an extraordinary country, where the country’s life and majesty are expressed through passion and desire – balanced by the Scots’ deep-rooted humor and grasp of the absurd, “says Cox in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I want to make a film that combines all the elements, to show my own deep love for the homeland.”
The film will tell the story of “two alienated brothers reunited in their homeland. The last time they spoke was on the day of their mother’s funeral, when the younger of the two left their Highland home to America after a heated exchange with their father. Forty years later, the brothers finally repeatedunite, back on Scottish soil and in the village that houses the family business – Glenrothan Distillery. “
Cox will not only direct the feature, but he will star it too. Glenrothan was created by Scottish actor and author David Ashton and co-written with screenwriter Jeff Murphy (The hinterland).
“Glenrothan was conceived with Brian in mind, ”says Neil Zeiger, Nevision’s creative director. “Without a doubt, he is one of the most powerful actors of his generation. But after working with him in front of the camera, I knew that his extensive knowledge and vision would elevate the film even more if he also had to direct the film.”
With an acting career spanning nearly 60 years, the talented actor’s only previous entry into instruction was a 1997 episode of the HBO prison drama Oz, starring Ernie Hudson and JK Simmons.