Film - Motherless Brooklyn

Filming has begun on location in New York City on the noir thriller Motherless Brooklyn...

Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York's power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honour his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

Norton’s screenplay is inspired by the novel “Motherless Brooklyn,” by Jonathan Lethem, which won the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.

As well as Edward Norton and Bruce Willis, the stellar ensemble cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Cherry Jones, Ethan Suplee, Leslie Mann, Josh Pais, Fisher Stevens, Michael K. Williams and Robert Wisdom.

A three-time Academy Award nominee, Edward Norton is directing from his own screenplay, and produce with his Class 5 Films producing partner Bill Migliore alongside MWM Studios’ Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane, whose collective credits include “Hell or High Water” and “Genius,” will also produce. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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