Zach Galifianakis Joins Owen Wilson for NC Heist Comedy
Relativity Media will bring a true heist story that happened in Charlotte, North Carolina to life in a new comedy now set to star Wilksboro, NC native Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, You Are Here), with filming to take place in the state next summer.
Formerly titled Loomis Fargo the film tells the story of a real life robbery that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1997, when David Scott Ghantt, the driver of a Loomis Fargo & Company armored car grabbed $17 million, stuck it in a company van, and drove off with the money, committing the third largest cash robbery in United States history at the time.
Ghantt left the stolen cash with some coworkers and then headed for Mexico where he planned to hide out for a few months until the heat around the heist cooled down. While Ghantt was in hiding, his co-conspirators were supposed to wire him the money, but they instead plotted to have him murdered while blowing through millions of dollars living like rock stars in North Carolina.
All three were eventually arrested less than a year later.
The Wrap reported earlier this month that Galifianakis was in final negotiations to play Ghantt, opposite Wilson as an accomplice.
Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live) and John Goldwyn (Dexter) will produce the movie, while Eastbound and Down‘s Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and Kevin J. Messick will executive produce with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and president Tucker Tooley.
Production is expected to start next summer in North Carolina, so be sure to LIKE us on Facebook for casting updates!
Galifianakis and Wilson recently worked together on the indie comedy You Are Here (written and directed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner), which was also filmed in North Carolina.
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