Patrick Wilson Finds Zipper

Richard Dreyfuss & more aboard political drama


Political corruption, sex scandals and their related personal problems are subjects that filmmakers are drawn to like moths to a flame. But get it wrong, or go too far and you can fall just as badly as those who embarrass themselves while in power. Patrick Wilson, Richard Dreyfuss and Lena Headey will be hoping to make it work with Zipper.

Though it sounds like it’s a scathing black comedy (or even a screwball sex farce), Zipper is actually a drama focused on Sam Ellis (Wilson) a successful family man and smooth politician who puts it all in jeopardy because he just can’t stop having affairs. Dreyfuss is set as George Hiller, a political operator who thinks he can repair the damage. Headey’s role isn’t specified, but we’d pay good money to see her discovering Wilson’s actions as his wife and going full Queen Gorgo on him.

Director Mora Stephens co-wrote the script with Joel Viertel, and he’s busy cranking the cameras now in Louisiana. They’ve got the producing oversight of Darren Aronofsky who, when he isn’t putting the finishing touches to Noah, is presumably offering his advice.