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John David Washington Returns to the Big Screen With Thriller ‘Beckett’ at Locarno Film Festival

The actor will star alongside Alicia Vikander in the latest project from director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino.

John David Washington / Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP, File

Following acclaimed performances last year in Tenet and Malcolm & Marie, John David Washington is making his way back to the screens. He will star alongside Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander in Beckett, a film that marks the return of Italian director, Cito Filomarino, to the Swiss festival.

The film follows American tourist Beckett (David Washington) on a trip to Greece, where he is forced to run for his life after a tragic car accident drops him in the middle of a political conspiracy. His only hope of survival is crossing the country and reaching the American embassy before his pursuers are able to catch up with him.

The picture is produced by fellow Italian Luca Guadagnino, who worked with Filomarino on the Oscar-nominated Call Me by Your Name.

Beckett will have its world premiere at the opening of the 74th Locarno Film Festival on August 4. After the film’s Locarno premiere, Netflix will launch the film worldwide on August 13.

Beckett is a thriller that gives an original and contemporary reboot to the lessons learned from directors such as Sydney Pollack and Alan J. Pakula,” said artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro in a release accompanying the announcement. “An action film with a humanist dimension and intense civil engagement, here underpinned by a magisterial performance from John David Washington. Political commitment and great entertainment are the two main ingredients for a Piazza Grande that aims to surprise audiences and reassert the centrality of cinema in all its forms.”

“There’s a piece of Locarno in the success story of Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. From the Pardi di domani to the Piazza Grande, the Locarno Film Festival is an incubator for talent, a training ground and finally as a launchpad for the most exciting filmmakers of the future,” he went on.

The 74th Locarno Film Festival will run from August 4 -14.

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