Filmed in Boston and the surrounding area, Edge of Darkness features the return of Mel Gibson to his forgotten place in front of the camera. From Martin Campbell, the director of Casino Royale, comes a Boston-set thriller based on a 1985 police miniseries that originally aired on the BBC. On board with the adaptation is screenwriter William Monahan, the Boston native and Oscar winner who helped bring us The Departed.
Gibson plays Thomas Craven, a homicide detective who seeks to uncover the mysteries behind his daughter’s death and unveil secrets he could never have prepared for. Along the way he will become entangled with corporate and government conspiracies, struggle alongside a CIA operative (played by Ray Winstone), and become aware that his daughter was not exactly who he thought she was.
Not since Signs in 2002 has Gibson accepted a leading role, and while his acting career may have been dwarfed by some off screen drama, he has a hefty list of awards and nominations under his belt for that very thing. He is certainly not a man new to a movie set, and the choice to revisit acting for this project leaves a lot of people curious. Is there something new we haven’t seen before with Edge of Darkness? Does this mark the long-lasting and triumphant return of Mel Gibson as an actor? We’ll have to wait and see. Edge of Darkness opens nationwide on January 29th.
Watch scenes of Boston and the surrounding area in the trailer for Edge of Darkness: