Colin Farrell To Star in Amazon’s Oliver North Iran-Contra Affair Limited Series
Colin Farrell will star in Amazon’s limited series about Oliver North and the Iran-Contra affair. Farrell with play North.
Written by Enzo Mileti and Scott Wilson, the Untitled Oliver North Project follows the Iran-Contra affair through the eyes of a man at the center of it all– Oliver North.
Red Hour’s Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock will executive produce, with The Lobster‘s Yorgos Lanthimos set to direct.
For those of you unfamiliar, the Iran-Contra scandal occurred during the Ronald Reagan presidency from August 1985 to March 1987. It involved the United States government selling weapons to Iran in exchange for hostages and to fund the Nicaraguan Contras. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North was at the center of the scandal and was tried in court, with some saying he took the blame and punishment instead of Reagan. North was found not guilty.
Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR at Amazon Studios said:
“Great projects can stand out for the filmmaker, the talent or the pure originality of the storytelling. Brilliant projects like this stand out by virtue of having all of those elements. We’re excited to be making stories with Yorgos, Colin, Ben, Nicky from Enzo and Scott’s incredible scripts.”
“I’m excited to be working with Colin again on something quite different to what we have done so far. I look forward to joining forces with Ben and Nicky, who had an excellent casting idea and saw the potential of the material early on and Amazon, who has embraced the project with great enthusiasm. It makes me confident and excited to be working on a script which although based on relatively recent history, feels fresh and relevant to our times.”