Another casting announcement for you tonight:
- Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) has landed the female lead opposite Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger) in his directorial debut, 1:30 Train. The indie romantic dramedy was written by Oscar-winner Ronald Bass (Rain Man).
- Seann William Scott (Goon) will star opposite Jackie Chan (Chinese Zodiac) in Skiptrace, directed by Sam Fell (ParaNorman) in his live-action debut. Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days of Future Past) also stars in this action-adventure film.
Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
First up from The Wrap is news that Eve will star in 1:30 Train, a picture that follows “two people who meet in a train station and share a night of romantic adventures before the woman must catch the next train back to New York. Evans will play a down-on-his-luck saxophone player who helps a young woman (Eve) in need and ends up falling for her.” Evans will shoot the film before reprising his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Word of Scott joining Chan in Skiptrace comes via the following press release:
SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT JOINS JACKIE CHAN AND FAN BINGBING IN EXCLUSIVE MEDIA’S ACTION COMEDY ‘SKIPTRACE’
Los Angeles, CA (October 21 2013) – Seann William Scott (AMERICAN REUNION, ROLE MODELS) has joined Jackie Chan (RUSH HOUR, THE KARATE KID) and Fan Bingbing (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST) in Academy Award nominated director Sam Fell’s action comedy SKIPTRACE, it was announced today by Exclusive Media’s Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East and Beijing based Talent International Film Co., Ltd.’s President Esmond Ren.
Set to start production on January 13, 2014 SKIPTRACE will be produced as a Sino-Foreign co-production by Exclusive Media and Talent International (北京唐德国际电影文化有限公司) (CHINESE ZODIAC 12), who will also co-finance the film. In addition to starring, Chan is a producer on SKIPTRACE. David Gerson is also attached to produce. The project was brought to Exclusive Media by Dasym Investment Strategies B.V.’s (formerly Cyrte Investments) Charlie Coker, who will act as executive producer on the film along with Dasym.
Exclusive Media’s Senior Executive VP, Production, Damien Saccani is overseeing the production on behalf of the company. Alex Walton, President of International Sales and Distribution is handling international rights to the film.
Based on Chan’s original idea, SKIPTRACE is written by Jay Longino and co-written by THE SITTER scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, and David Posamentier and Geoff Moore (BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY). The film follows Bennie Black (Jackie Chan), a Hong Kong detective who has been tracking notorious crime boss Victor Wong for over a decade. When Bennie’s young niece Bai (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, Bennie must track down the only man who can help him: fast-talking American gambler Connor Watts (Seann William Scott). Bennie races against the clock to bring Connor back to Hong Kong and the unlikely pair embark on an entertaining and perilous adventure from the snowy mountains of Mongolia to the windswept dunes of the Gobi desert.
“Being part of great movies such as ROLE MODELS, THE RUNDOWN and the iconic AMERICAN PIE franchise will position Seann perfectly as Jackie Chan’s co-star,” said Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.
“We are very excited to have Seann on board this project, and know that his chemistry with Jackie will make for a unique pairing that has never been seen before. Seann is well loved by our Chinese audience for his stand-out performance in the AMERICAN PIE films, as well as his good looks!” said Esmond Ren.
Seann William Scott recently completed his starring role in the Courteney Cox directed independent dramedy, JUST BEFORE I GO (playing a suicidal man who goes back to visits his hometown before he presumably ends his life) opposite Olivia Thirlby, Garrett Dillahunt, and Rob Riggle. Last year he was seen in the independent hockey feature film GOON in which he received critical reviews opposite Liev Schrieber and Jay Baruchel which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. He has also starred in ROLE MODELS opposite Paul Rudd and the enormously successful AMERICAN PIE comedy franchise.
Seann William Scott is repped ICM Partners and attorney firm Sloane, Weber, Offer, and Dern.