John Skillpa, a retiring, shy and completely nondescript bank employee, leads a double life as Emma, his female alter-ego, who, so far, has never ventured beyond the boundaries of John's house. But when a train derails in John's backyard, the nosy neighbors in his small town of Peacock, Nebraska finally meet John's "wife" -- and the fragmented sides of John's split personality begin to rip asunder.
Synopsis taken from the official website:
Cillian Murphy delivers a career defining performance as John Skillpa, a quiet bank clerk living in tiny Peacock, Nebraska, who prefers to live an invisible life. This might have to do with John’s secret: he has another personality no one knows about, a woman who each morning does his chores and cooks him breakfast before he starts his day.
Then, in a moment, everything changes.
- "Peacock stunned me as a script from start to finish. It offers an incredible challenge to an actor -- one I couldn't turn down." (Cillian Murphy on his first impression of the movie and screenplay)
- "This is one of the boldest screenplays I've come across in my albeit short career; it's a character and story I can throw myself into and exactly the type of movie I love to be a part of."
(Ellen Page on her first impression of the movie and screenplay)
- “She was such a delight, and the whole shoot was really amazing. We shot it up in Iowa, and we had so many cool experiences. We had to take shelter from tornadoes—the tornado sirens literally interrupted our scenes. I don’t know where [Ellen] gets the maturity for a girl her age. She brings such sophistication to the character and such a level of empathy. And what I really love about her is that she seems to be untouched by the level of fame that’s fallen down on her. It’s very refreshing.” (Cillian Murphy on working with Ellen Page; Source: newyork.metromix.com)
Information by Mandate Pictures:
Golden-Globe nominated actor Cillian Murphy and Academy Award®-nominated actress Ellen Page will star in the psychological thriller Peacock for Mandate Pictures. The movie is named after tiny Peacock, Nebraska where Murphy’s character, a split personality, fools the town into believing his two “alters” are man and wife. Page plays a struggling young mother who holds the key to his past and sparks a battle between the personalities. Barry Mendel will produce the film. Michael Lander will direct from a script he co-wrote with Ryan Roy, who will co-produce. Mandate Pictures' head of production Nicole Brown will executive produce along with Nathan Kahane. “We are so excited to be working with this talented group of artists and this incredibly original project,” stated Kahane who most recently worked with Page on Juno. "Peacock stunned me as a script from start to finish. It offers an incredible challenge to an actor -- one I couldn't turn down." said Murphy. Page added, "This is one of the boldest screenplays I've come across in my albeit short career, it's a character and story I can throw myself into and exactly the type of movie I love to be a part of." “I’ve been blessed in my career to work with some very talented writers and directors on some wonderful projects,” says Barry Mendel. “I’m knocking wood as I speak, but I believe when all is said and done, Michael Lander, Ryan Roy and Peacock will stand proudly among the better of them.” Director, co-writer Lander added, "I’m grateful for the support of so many talented people on my first film. I hope I can repay everyone's faith, it's been tremendous." Murphy, star of Batman Begins, The Wind that Shakes the Barley and Breakfast on Pluto, will next be seen in The Edge of Love with Keira Knightley and Universal/Working Title's Hippie Hippie Shake with Sienna Miller. He is repped by UTA, Lou Coulson Agency, The Lisa Richards Agency and David Weber at Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Ellen Page can currently be seen in Jason Reitman’s critically acclaimed, Oscar nominated film Juno, for which she has received numerous accolades including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Page made an impact on movie audiences with her starring role in the 2005 Lionsgate drama Hard Candy, for which she received widespread critical praise. Page will next star in Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell and will move from Peacock into the starring role in Drew Barrymore’s upcoming directorial debut film, Whip It. She is repped by WMA and Kish Iqbal at Gary Goddard Agency. Barry Mendel is a two-time Oscar-nominated producer responsible for bringing some of the brightest young directors to the forefront, including Wes Anderson (he produced Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), Night Shyamalan (he produced The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and recently reteamed with Shyamalan for 20th Century Fox’s The Happening starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo) as well as Joss Whedon (Serenity). Most recently Mendel produced Best Picture nominee Munich directed by Steven Spielberg. His upcoming projects include Shanghai which Mikael Hafstrom is directing starring John Cusack, Gong Li, Ken Watanabe and Chow Yun Fat for The Weinstein Company and Whip It for Mandate. This is the first film from the Lander/Roy team, who is now also writing Kite, a thriller about the prison industrial complex for Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way. Endeavor Independent and UTA Independent were instrumental in brokering the deals.