Based on actual events from the lawsuit starting in 1998, Percy tells the classic David-and-Goliath story of small-town Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser (Walken) and his unlikely crusade against a major conglomerate. When the company’s genetically modified (GMO) canola is discovered in the 70-year-old farmer’s crop, he challenges the multinational corporation’s legal right to patent life in the highest court. As he speaks out against the company’s business practices, he realizes he is representing thousands of other disenfranchised farmers around the world fighting the same battle. Suddenly, he becomes an unsuspecting folk hero in a desperate war to protect farmers’ rights and the world’s food supply against what they see as corporate greed.
Walken and Ricci, who plays anti-GMO activist Rebecca Salcau, are joined by the film’s impressive ensemble, including Roberta Maxwell (Brokeback Mountain, The Postman) as Percy’s wife; Adam Beach (Hostiles, Suicide Squad) as Percy’s neighbor, Alton Kelly; Luke Kirby (Mambo Italiano) as Percy’s son; Martin Donovan (Ant-Man, Insomnia) as the conglomerate’s lead lawyer, Rick Aarons; and Peter Stebbings (Immortals) as Rebecca’s NGO boss.
Production of the original screenplay written by Hilary Pryor and Garfield L. Miller commenced recently in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with additional production scheduled in Mumbai, India, and the surrounding area. Percy is produced by Scythia Films’ Daniel Bekerman (The Witch, Backstabbing for Beginners, Rememory), Ian Dimerman (Goon, How it Ends), Brendon Sawatzky (How it Ends), Pryor and Miller.