Shooting on the feature began in June and was halted due to the actors strike. Production is now resuming in Atlanta.
Nicholas Hoult is leading the courtroom with Toni Collette, Gabriel Basso, Zoey Deutch, Leslie Bibb and Kiefer Sutherland also on the witness stand.
Per the studio’s official logline, the script by Jonathan Abrams follows family man Justin Kemp (Hoult) who, while serving as a juror in a high-profile murder trial, finds himself struggling with a serious moral dilemma … one he could use to sway the jury verdict and potentially convict — or free — the wrong killer.
Messina will be playing the case’s public defender.
Collette is playing the prosecutor, Deutch is playing Hoult’s wife, and Sutherland is the man’s sponsor at Alcoholics Anonymous.
On top of directing, Eastwood is producing via his production company Malpaso. Tim Moore and Jessica Meier of Malpaso and Dichotomy’s Adam Goodman and Matt Skiena are also producing.
Executive producing are Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell, along with David M. Bernstein.
Messina recently appeared in Amazon’s critically acclaimed Air, which told true story of the rise of legacy sneaker Air Jordan and saw the actor part of an all-star cast that included Affleck, Matt Damon, Jason Bateman and Viola Davis.
This year Messina also starred opposite Kaley Cuoco in the Peacock true crime satire Based on a True Story, which premiered in June 2023 and was recently renewed for a second season. And he appeared in Twentieth Century’s Stephen King adaptation The Boogeyman.
He is repped by CAA, Entertainment 360 and Sloane, Offer.