Nicholas Jarecki on Directing Stories Surrounding the Opiod Epidemic in Crisis [Exclusive Interview]

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Nicholas Jarecki directed Crisis starring Armie Hammer.

No doubt that opioids are the new drug choice for addiction in America. Over 81,000 Americans died last year from drug overdoses with opioids and fentanyl leading the way.

In Crisis, the film looks at many different characters as they’re involved in the opioid crisis to only converge to a single conclusion.

The thriller has an all-star cast with Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour, Mank), Evangeline Lilly (Antman and The Wasp, The Hurt Locker), Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine), Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious series), Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train), Lily-Rose Depp (The King), Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi (Westworld), Duke Nicholson (Us), Veronica Ferres (Salt and Fire), and Martin Donovan (Tenet). Nicholas Jarecki directed and wrote this exciting story.

Here’s the synopsis:

Crisis follows a drug trafficker, an architect recovering from an Oxycodone addiction, and a university professor battling unexpected revelations about his employer as each story collides against the backdrop of the opioid epidemic. This powerful and informative thriller brings human faces to a crisis that is all too real for many Americans while elevating the story to an urgent call to action.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director and writer Nicholas Jarecki on the writing inspiration, the actors, and directing multiple storylines to converge into one thrilling ending.

Nicholas Jarecki directed his first film with the documentary The Outsider in 2005. The film followed James Toback on a 12-day shoot of his thriller When Will I Be Loved, in which the movie was made without a script or distribution deal. In 2012, he followed with his first feature film with Arbitrage starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Brit Marling. The film is about a hedge fund magnate who made an error during a sale that he turned for help from an unlikely person. In that film, it garnered a Global Globe nomination for Richard Gere for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Crisis is in select theaters tomorrow. Then on March 5, it is available on digital and On Demand.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Quiver Distribution

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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