James Gunn is building himself a strong little cadre of performers for his upcoming twist on the superhero genre, Super. We knew that Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon were on board, but today we’ve learned that Gunn has some more great actors up his sleeve. The cast now includes Nathan Fillion, Linda Cardellini, and Michael Rooker. A new James Gunn movie was already cause for celebration, but with this cast Super has now become the title-duper. Here’s the official synopsis:
Wilson plays Frank, a seemingly average Joe who is madly in love with his troubled wife Sarah (Tyler). But when Sarah leaves Frank for Jacques (Bacon), a smooth-talking drug dealer, Frank transforms into pseudo superhero The Crimson Bolt, stakes out Jacques sleazy hideaway, and wages a one-man war on crime. What he lacks in superpowers, he makes up for with a trusty pipe wrench. Every superhero needs a sidekick and so enters Libby (Page), a cute sociopathic teen working at the local comic book store, who morphs into ‘Boltie’ and teams with Frank to take Jacques down.
Fillion will play, “a pop-icon who inspires Frank to don his tights,” Cardellini as “the woman who ultimately delivers love to Frank and [Mikaela] Hoover, and Rooker is “Abe, Jacques’s henchman.” Hit the jump for the full press release. Filming is currently underway in Louisiana.