Gerard Butler brings 'depth and heart' to The Headhunter’s Calling — first look

Plus, director Mark Williams on the film's true-to-life screenplay

The Headhunter’s Calling centers on a Chicago-based headhunter, Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler, in the exclusive image above), who goes head-to-head with his ambitious rival, Lynn Vogel (Alison Brie), to control the company upon news his boss (Willem Dafoe) is retiring. But things take a different turn when he learns that his 10-year-old son, Ryan (Max Jenkins), is diagnosed with cancer.

Ahead of the film’s Sept. 14 premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Mark Williams, an experienced producer who makes his directorial debut here, said he knew The Headhunter’s Calling was something special the moment he read the script.

“[Writer] Bill Dubuque, sent an early version of this script, and it had all of the warmth, charm, heart, humor, and drama that the movie now has, although in the earlier form there was something so rich about the characters and the dialogue that popped out that made you care about these characters on a level that you don’t find very often,” Williams tells EW. That authenticity comes in part because Dubuque (The Judge) was a headhunter himself for 15 years before he became a screenwriter...

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