The Stranger, Thomas Wright's upcoming crime thriller starring Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Joel Edgerton, has been acquired by Netflix (via Deadline).
The Stranger is a true story about two strangers who form an uneasy friendship while on a long journey together. One person is a suspect in a disappearance case while the other is an undercover investigator assigned with discovering him.
"With The Stranger, I wanted to create a psychological crime film that transported people to a hidden place, a film that was both authentic and realistic in its details, but also immersive and cinematic."
"A film that demanded attention and investment. A film that an audience could lean into."
"I centred the film on individuals who didn't know the victim, but who dedicated years of their lives, and their mental and physical health, to them," he added; because though violence is the subject of this film, it isn't the subject.
"Its subject is the connections between people. That means that, for me, this is a film defined by empathy."
After a brief theatrical release, the film will be available globally on streaming service in October this year, as well as being shown at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The film's inclusion at Cannes was "unprecedented."
"It's unprecedented for an independent Australian film to premiere in Cannes' Official Selection, then be released to the largest audience anywhere as a Netflix film," he said.
Joel Edgerton will next be seen in the survival film Thirteen Lives, which chronicles the 2018 cave rescue from Tham Luang, where a Thai junior football team was trapped for 18 days.
Sean Harris starred in Edgerton's film The Green Knight, a sequel to Princess Diana.
Netflix will release The Stranger worldwide.