U2’s Larry Mullen Jr. Heads to Cannes as the ‘Man on the Train’

The drummer is about to take a turn in the spotlight as a star, producer and composer of the crime drama

When it comes to U2’s public face, it’s usually Bono and The Edge in the spotlight. But Larry Mullen Jr. — one of the band’s “quiet ones” — is about to take a turn.

The drummer is set to make his film debut as a star, producer and composer of the crime drama Man on the Train, which Sierra / Affinity and Preferred Content will be selling in Cannes next month. The film also stars Donald Sutherland, Graham Greene, Tony Nardi, Carlo Rota and Kate O’Toole in an adaptation of Patrice Leconte’s 2002 film L’Homme du Train, about a retired small town school-teacher (Sutherland) prepping for open-heart surgery who crosses paths with a stranger (Mullen Jr.) planning to rob the local bank.

Mary McGuckian (The Bridge of San Luis Rey) directed the film and produced with Mullen Jr. and Martin Katz. Jon Goodman served as executive producer. The film is an Irish-Canadian co-production produced in association with Windmill Lane Pictures in Ireland and Maple Pictures in Canada.

Sierra / Affinity is handling international sales and Kevin Iwashina’s Preferred Content is selling U.S. rights.