Check into “Hotel Artemis” this weekend with Jodie Foster, director Drew Pearce

Matt Kennedy / Distributor: Global Road Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Hotel Artemis opens this weekend.  A dark comedic thriller set in riot-stricken 2028 Los Angeles, it's written and directed by Drew Pearce, who co-wrote the blockbusters Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation

Oscar-winner Jodie Foster as The Nurse, who runs a members-only hospital for criminals. She's always in control, until a night that sees all of these combustible criminal characters -- as well as an injured cop, played by Jenny Slate -- under Artemis' roof.

"Weirdly, the biggest influence on the movie is actually...Casablanca," Pearce tells ABC Radio. " know, this group of people, all of whom are on the kind of scale of bad guys...trapped in a place with...war going on outside, and the intrigue that occurs inside."

Pearce explains getting Jodie Foster to star was a surprise. "Jodie somehow got her hands on the a way that she will still not tell us how...And when oddly, Jodie Foster calls you out of nowhere, with a script that you didn't even know was there in the world, you take that call."

Foster, who's 55, was excited to play the nearly 70-year-old character, says Pearce. "[S]he said...she thinks it's unfair that 'the boys' like Daniel Day-Lewis...all get to play dress up and they get to play real characters, and the girls always just have to play a version of themselves. ...She wants to stretch her legs." 

Hotel Artemis also stars Dave Bautista as The Nurse's right-hand man, Everest.  The cast also includes Jeff Goldblum as a criminal kingpin, This Is Us Emmy-winner Sterling K. Brown, Always Sunny's Charlie Day as a smarmy arms dealer, and Star Trek: Beyond's Sofia Boutella as a mysterious assassin.  It's in theaters Friday.

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