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Frank Grillo Returns For 'Donnybrook' Film

Cover of Frank Bill's "Donnybrook" novel.

"Captain America" star Frank Grillo returns to Cincinnati next week for his second feature film here in three months.

Grillo, who starred with Bruce Willis and Olivio Culpo in "Reprisal" in August, has the lead in "Donnybrook," which begins shooting here Oct. 23, Film Cincinnati announced Thursday.

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Frank Grillo at the "Reprisal" press conference here in August.

Grillo, who also appeared in the "Kingdom" TV series, will be joined by Margaret Qualley ("The Nice Guys," "The Leftovers"), James Badge Dale ("Iron Man 3," "Only The Brave," "24," "The Black Donnellys") and Jamie Bell ("The Adventures of Tintin," "Fantastic Four").

The Film Cincinnati announcement came a week after D. Lynn Meyers Casting posted a casting call on Facebook for "Donnybrook" filming in October and November "in and around Cincinnati."

Producers wanted "rough types: beards, wrinkles, fighters, tattoos, etc. Backwater types!"

My Oct. 19 story said Tim Sutton ("Dark Night," "Memphis," "Pavilion") will direct the movie based on Frank Bill's "Donnybrook" novel set in southern Indiana about two men going to "a legendary backwoods bare knuckle brawl where the winner gets $100,000," Variety first reported a year ago. Producers told Variety that "the film as a mix of 'No Country for Old Men' and 'Fight Club.'"

Any interested extras should submit photos and contact info by email to donnybrookextras@gmail.com, and not by a Facebook message, the site says.

The Film Cincinnati release:

Film Cincinnati announces another major motion picture


The screen adaptation of Frank Bill’s acclaimed novel starts production this month in Cincinnati

LOS ANGELES (October 19, 2017) – David Lancaster's Rumble Films and Paris-based Backup Media today announced the cast of DONNYBROOK, from writer and director Tim Sutton.

DONNYBROOK will star Frank Grillo (CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE PURGE, KINGDOM), Margaret Qualley (NOVITIATE, THE NICE GUYS, THE LEFTOVERS), James Badge Dale (ONLY THE BRAVE, 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI, THE PACIFIC), and Jamie Bell (FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL, TIN TIN). Production starts on October 23rd in Cincinnati. Backup Media is fully financing the film. UTA Independent Film Group is representing North American rights.

Adapted from Frank Bill's 2013 noir novel of the same name, DONNYBROOK is a wild, backwoods version of FIGHT CLUB meets NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, a man hard up for cash and determined to support his family competes in the Donnybrook, a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing.

Tim Sutton's previous films as writer/director include the critically acclaimed MEMPHIS (2013) and DARK NIGHT (2016), which premiered last year at Sundance before screening at both Venice and AFI Fest.

The film is produced by Academy Award-nominated David Lancaster (EYE IN THE SKY, WHIPLASH, NIGHTCRAWLER) along with Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films, together with Backup Media (PROMISED LAND playing in the Cannes Official Competition, and Wim Wenders' SUBMERGENCE starring James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander). This is the third feature in the last two years that the two companies have made together after Fabrice du Welz' MESSAGE FROM THE KING and Evan Katz' SMALL CRIMES.

CAA and Management 360 represent Frank Grillo. Margaret Qualley's reps are UTA and Management 360. CAA and MJ Management represent James Badge Dale. Jamie Bell is represented by UTA and Artists Independent Management.


Academy Award-nominated David Lancaster launched Rumble Films in 2014 with COO/CFO Jon Shiffman (MRC and Comerica) and Stephanie Wilcox as head of development and production. This followed his eight years as co-president at Bold Films where he produced critically acclaimed and commercial hits including Academy Award-nominated WHIPLASH, NIGHTCRAWLER and DRIVE. Rumble’s films to date include the 2016 critical and commercial hit EYE IN THE SKY, directed by Gavin Hood and starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi. Current films include SMALL CRIMES, director E.L Katz’s crime thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Gary Cole and Molly Parker, and MESSAGE FROM THE KING (with eOne and The Ink Factory) starring Chadwick Boseman with Fabrice du Welz directing.


Backup Media was launched in 2002 to finance ambitious films from all over the world. Backup's lineup includes Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's STILL ALICE, winning an academy award for Julianne Moore in 2015, Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner REALITY by Matteo Garrone, animation box office success MINUSCULE: THE VALLEY OF THE LOST ANTS by Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo, hit French TV series THE RETURNED, Martin Koolhoven's BRIMSTONE starring Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce and Kit Harrington, Eva Husson's 2015 Toronto Platform sensation BANG GANG and Jim Mickle’s COLD IN JULY starring Michel C Hall,

Sam Sheppard and Don Johnson which played at both Sundance and Cannes Directors Fortnight in 2014. On top of SMALL CRIMES and MESSAGE FROM THE KING which are the first two collaborations between Backup and Rumble films, current films include Wim Wender's SUBMERGENCE, starring James MacAvoy and Alicia Vikander, Brian De Palma's DOMINO, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Carice Van Houten and Guy Pearce, Cannes Official Selection Documentary PROMISED LAND by Eugene Jarecki and Ari Folman's WHERE IS ANNE FRANK.


Film Cincinnati, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to attracting, promoting and cultivating film, television and commercial production throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Since its beginning in 1987, Film Cincinnati has brought hundreds of films to Greater Cincinnati, plus thousands of commercials, music videos, documentaries and industrials. Learn more at the FilmCincinnati website.