HBO Max, Warner Bros. Begin Production on New Steven Soderbergh Crime Thriller

HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures Sept. 28 began production on one of the studio’s first feature films during the COVID-19 era. The film, No Sudden Move, is directed by Oscar/Emmy winner Steven Soderbergh. The cast and crew is operating under strict pandemic safety protocols with a priority on the health and safety of all employees and production partners, according to Warner Bros. and HBO Max.

Produced under Soderbergh’s overall deal with HBO Max, the movie, set in 1955 Detroit, centers on a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they think is a simple document. When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them — and for what ultimate purpose — weaves them through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.

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The cast includes Don Cheadle (Black Monday, Ocean’s Eleven), Benicio Del Toro (The French Dispatch, Sicario), David Harbour (Stranger Things, Black Widow), Amy Seimetz (The Comey Rule, The Girlfriend Experience), Jon Hamm (Baby DriverMad Men), Ray Liotta (The Many Saints of Newark, Marriage Story), Kieran Culkin (SuccessionIgby Goes Down), Brendan Fraser (Doom Patrol, Crash), Noah Jupe (The Undoing, Honey Boy), Bill Duke (Black LightningHigh Flying Bird)Frankie Shaw (SMILF, Mr. Robot) and Julia Fox (Uncut Gems).

“It’s a pleasure to begin production on another project with Steven Soderbergh,” Casey Bloys, chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max, said in a statement. “We have an incredible partner in Warner Bros. Pictures and an extraordinarily talented cast.”

“Steven is a prolific, forward-thinking director who has a two-decade history of making movies at Warner Bros. We look forward to continuing his legacy at WarnerMedia with his intense crime thriller,” added Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Soderbergh most-recently directed HBO Max’s upcoming feature Let Them All Talk, starring Meryl Streep, as well as films, The Laundromat and High Flying Bird for Netflix. He earned the Academy Award in 2000 for directing Traffic, the same year he was also nominated for Erin Brockovich. Soderbergh earlier gained an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for sex, lies, and videotape, his feature film directorial debut. The film also won the Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.