Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor team up for ‘Locked Down’

2021-01-08 03:07:15 GMT2021-01-08 11:07:15(Beijing Time) Sina English

Producing movies and television during a pandemic has been agonizing for filmmakers, but not for Doug Liman — the veteran director behind “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and numerous adventures with Tom Cruise.

On Jan. 14, Liman will release “Locked Down” on HBO Max, a tale of a relationship soured in quarantine in the early days of COVID-19. Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor star as an estranged couple in London, keeping their distance in a luxurious flat and venting frustrations on work and family Zoom calls. Fate has it that the pair are in the position to steal a US$4 million diamond from luxury retailer Harrods, turning their domestic strife into a major moral and ethical dilemma.

“Locked Down,” however, is not confined to the fuzzy frames of video calls. Hathaway and Ejiofor rock bare faces for intimate scenes and action sequences, stalking the halls of their townhouse and the underground tunnels of Harrods.

The shoot lasted nearly three weeks, filming roughly 18 script pages per day. Ben Stiller was chosen to play Hathaway’s boss. Harrods provided not only a once-in-a-lifetime location — scenes shot inside their legendary food halls where US$75 mushrooms and champagne bottles abound will make many weep at the memory of life before the pandemic — but also employees willing to be extras.


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