With production looming closer on the revenge thriller Dead Man Down, director Niels Arden Oplev (the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is filling out the rest of his cast. Colin Farrell is set as a mobster’s hitman bent on revenge and Noomi Rapace plays “a mysterious, scarred beauty” who has intimate knowledge of Farrell’s past. A few days ago, we learned that Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) is in talks to play Farrell’s partner, and now Variety reports that Terrence Howard has been set as the villain.
Howard will play “a charming but brutal crimelord who is accustomed to being feared but is thrown off guard when a mysterious tormenter (Farrell) starts sabotaging his business from within.” Howard’s character killed Farrell’s family, hence all the pesky sabotage and revenge killing. Howard hasn’t exactly been prolific since being replaced in the Iron Man series, but he’ll next be seen in Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep and the Jack Kerouac adaptation On the Road.