Taglines: Power always comes at a price.
In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician (Nicolas Cage) is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal. It is an interesting study of how big money controls politics. At the beginning of the film the politician is on the negative side of the BP spill, but by time you come to the surprise ending he has switched sides having been bought and paid for by BP as he now runs for the senate.
The Runner is an American political drama film written and directed by Austin Stark. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda and Sarah Paulson. The film was released on August 7, 2015, in a limited release and through video on demand by Alchemy.
Filming began on June 23, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana. and ended on July 27, 2014. On July 28, Cage was spotted filming at the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C. The film also shot some scenes in Georgetown.
Madeleine Stowe was originally cast to play the female lead but was replaced by Connie Nielsen.On June 18, 2014, Bryan Batt, Peter Fonda, Connie Nielsen, and Wendell Pierce joined the film’s cast.
Directed by: Austin Stark
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Sarah Paulson, Lara Grice, Bryan Batt, Ciera Payton, Wanetah Walmsley, Dana Gourrier
Screenplay by: Austin Stark
Production Design by: Michael Grasley
Cinematography by: Elliot Davis
Film Editing by: Michael R. Miller
Costume Design by: Amela Baksic
Set Decoration by: Selina van den Brink
Music by: The Newton Brothers
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual material.
Release Date: August 7, 2015