The listener with Tessa Thompson in the lead role, directed by Steve Buscemi Wraps

Steve Buscemi upcoming feature The listener has officially packaged production, according to Deadline. The film is written by an Oscar nominee Alessandro Camon (The messenger) and contains only a role on the screen that will be ported by Tessa Thompson.

The story will follow Beth, a volunteer guide who sends calls from all types of people facing their own struggles – loneliness, hopelessness and grief. As a year goes by, more calls come in that overwhelm Beth as she does not know how each scenario will unfold. Soon, Beth’s own story is revealed, and it becomes clearer why she volunteered for a guide to begin with.

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Emmy winner Buscemi has accumulated several accolades during his 30-year exciting work as an actor, writer, director and producer for projects such as Trees Lounge, Animal factory, Lonely Jim, and Interview. Other works include sections of Oz, The sopranos, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock, Love, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Portlandia, Miracle workers, and more.

Thompson is also no stranger to critical recognition. She was first nominated for an Emmy this year for her executive production of Sylvie’s love, who achieved second recognition by earning a Gotham Award, Image Award and others. She is also known for her roles in Creed, Excuse me for interrupting, Thor: Ragnarokand HBOs Westworld.

Buscemi and Wren Arthur produced the project under their production company Olive Productions together with Thompson; Bed Moverman for visible invisible images; Lauren Hantz to Hantz Motion Pictures; and Sean King O’Grady and Bill Stertz for Atlas Industries.

Co-producers include Kat Barnette, Billy Mulliganand Sight Unseen’s Eddie Vaisman. Julia Lebedev will executive produce with Suzanne Warren and Hantz Motion Pictures’ John Hantz. Hantz Motion Pictures was also the film’s sole financier and produced with Olive Productions, Sight Unseen Pictures and Atlas Industries.

One thing is for sure, since Thompson and Buscemi are linked to the project, viewers are ready for a treat. There is no release date for The listener yet.

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