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Directed by Michael Lander
Produced by Nicole Brown (executive)
Nathan Kahane (executive)
Barry Mendel
Written by Michael Lander
Ryan Roy
Starring Cillian Murphy
Ellen Page
Susan Sarandon
Josh Lucas
Bill Pullman
Music by Brian Reitzell
Cinematography Philippe Rousselot
Editing by Sally Menke
Distributed by Mandate Pictures
Release date(s) 2010
Country United States
Language English

Peacock is an upcoming psychological thriller directed by Michael Lander, written by Lander and Ryan Roy, and starring Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page. It will release as direct to video on 20th April 2010.[1].[2] The title is derived from the fictional Nebraska town where the story is set.[3]



John Skillpa, a quiet bank clerk living in tiny Peacock, Nebraska, prefers to live an invisible life. This might have to do with John's secret: he has another personality no one knows about, a woman, named Emma[4],who each morning does his chores and cooks him breakfast before he starts his day. Then, in a moment, everything changes. A train caboose runs off its tracks and crashes into John’s backyard and destroys more than the weathered planks of his wood fence. When neighbors descend on the scene, they discover Emma for the first time and mistakenly believe her to be John’s wife. This launches John into the glare of the spotlight and eventually shatters the delicate balance of his sanity. He must then fool the town into believing him and his alter ego are man and wife. But a young struggling single mother, Maggie, know's John's secret and holds the key to his past and sparks a battle between the personalities.


  • Cillian Murphy as John Skillpa, a "retiring, shy and completely nondescript bank employee" leading a double life as Emma, his female alter ego.[5] Murphy states that "Peacock stunned me as a script from start to finish. It offers an incredible challenge to an actor—one I couldn't turn down."[3]
  • Ellen Page as Maggie,[5] a struggling young mother who holds the key to Skillpa's past and sparks a battle between the personalities.[3] Page comments, "This is one of the boldest screenplays I've come across in my albeit short career; it's a character and story I can throw myself into and exactly the type of movie I love to be a part of."[6]
  • Susan Sarandon as Fanny Crill,the wife of Peacock's mayor who also runs a local woman's shelter.[7] Sarandon has said that Peacock is "a very strange little piece—kind of ominous."[8]
  • Bill Pullman as Edmund French Skillpa's supervisor.[7] Pullman has described Peacock as "a very interesting script," explaining that his role "is another character hiding the fact he's the closest one like [Skillpa]. It's a very different part for me."[9]
  • Josh Lucas as Officer Tom McGonigle a local police officer and Skillpa's friend.[10]
  • Keith Carradine as Mayor Ray Crill a shy co-worker of Skillpa's with a secret life.[11]
  • Paul Cram as Kenny, a quick tongued store clerk in Skillpa's town.[citation needed]

Casting calls for extras and other minor roles were made in the Des Moines, Iowa area in April 2008.[12]



Filming began May 6, 2008 in the small town of Odebolt, Iowa.[2][13] Shooting of the film was scheduled to continue on June 5, 2008 in Boone, Iowa, but due to weather conditions, Cornfield Productions was forced to delay filming until the following day. The filming occurred at the local train tracks with line producer Brian Bell explaining that this particular shot was a "visual effects" shot, where the train will eventually be digitally edited to appear as if it is passing through Skillpa's backyard, even though it is not physically there. Although the shooting took four hours to complete, it will only comprise about 10 to 15 seconds of the film.[2] The filming of Peacock ended on June 9, 2008.[2]


  1. ^ DVD Art: Lionsgate's Peacock
  2. ^ a b c d Oliver, Matt (2008-06-09). "Lights, camera, Boone". Boone News Republic. Iowa Newspapers, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  3. ^ a b c Siegel, Tatiana (2008-02-14). "Page, Murphy set for 'Peacock'". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Cillian Murphy's Latest Transgender Gig". FilmStew Inc. 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  5. ^ a b "PMS Casting - Casting Calls - Peacock". PMS Casting. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  6. ^ Liam. "Ellen Page and Cillian Murphy Ready for Peacock". Filmonic. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  7. ^ a b "Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Ellen Page Join "Peacock"". ARTISTdirect. ARTISTdirect, Inc. 2008-05-06.,,4679641,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  8. ^ Beck, Marilyn (2008-08-25). "One Time Co-Star of Ryan Gosling and Life Achievement Honoree Rowlands in No Hurry for Next Job". The National Ledger. The National Ledger, LLC. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  9. ^ Beck, Marilyn (2008-08-28). "Bill Pullman Pulls Festival Duty Again". The National Ledger. The National Ledger, LLC. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  10. ^ "Susan Sarandon and Josh Lucas flock to "Peacock"". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  11. ^ Harrah, Scott (2008-11-05). "Expect the unexpected". The Villager. Community Media LLC. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  12. ^ Clark, Eric (2008-04-03). "Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival brings 40 locally grown titles to town". The Gazette. Gazette Communications. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  13. ^ "Iowa Town Becomes Scene of Hollywood Film". KMEG. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 

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