James McAvoy to star in romantic thriller ‘Submergence’

Actor James McAvoy has joined the cast of romantic thriller “Submergence” to be helmed by Wim Wenders. The 36-year-old Scottish actor will start shooting for the film in March in Europe and Africa, reported Deadline.


Erin Dignam has penned the script adapting from JM Ledgard’s 2011 novel of the same name. Cameron Lamb will produce the film through Lila 9th Productions, and Paris-based Backup Media will finance.

The story revolves around two lovers, immersed in life or death situations and separated by thousands of miles, who find solace in memories of their intense romance the previous Christmas after a chance encounter on a beach on the Atlantic coast. One is enduring captivity by jihadist fighters in Somalia while the other is exploring the greatest depths of the ocean floor from her submersible.

The novel was ranked second in New York Magazine’s The Best Ten Books of 2013.