Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell, and Matthew Fox Request CONSENT TO KILL

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As Matt Damon has casting suggestions for Universal to continue minting Bourne box office without him*, and Paramount looks to reboot the Jack Ryan franchise with Star Trek star Chris Pine, upstart studio CBS Films is considering several actors to launch its own series of spy films.  Training Day director Antoine Fuqua is set to direct Consent to Kill, an adaptation of the first of eleven Vince Flynn novels that center on CIA counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp.  Deadline reports that Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell, and Matthew Fox are on the top of the studio’s wishlist for the starring role.  Details after the break:

gerard_butler_01.jpgGerard Butler is the current front-runner, and it’s easy to see why despite some of his recent questionable turns in the romantic comedy genre.  The Scot oozes charisma and seems best equipped to handle the action of the three names, if only because of his shirtless association with 300.  Farrell’s star has fallen a bit from his early 2000s heyday, but he wowed CBS Films CEO Amy Baer as the star of S.W.A.T., a project she supervised as a Columbia Pictures executive.  Fox has made a name for himself on television on Party of Five in the nineties and Lost in the oughts, but he is fairly untested in feature films.  He has been lobbying aggressively for the role though, and may be a good choice if the studio wishes to reign in the budget.

There have been conversations with other actors (notably Keanu Reeves and Jon Hamm), but currently all the attention is on Butler, Farrell, and Fox.

Check out a plot synopsis for the book below.  Note that, although Consent to Kill will be the first in the film series, its literary counterpart is the seventh among the novels.

Here’s the plot synopsis for the book:

For ten years Mitch Rapp has fought on the frontline of the War on Terror. His bold actions have saved the lives of thousands — but in the process his list of enemies has grown inexorably. There are even those within his own government who would like to see him eliminated. Thousands of miles away, the influential father of a dead terrorist demands retribution for the death of his son. He wants Rapp dead — and his hate-filled plea has found sympathetic ears. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America’s allies, who feel Rapp has grown too effective. They’ve been looking for an excuse to eliminate America’s No 1 counterterrorism operative — and they’ve decided to seize the chance.

The Hunter has become the Hunted. A tragedy of unimaginable proportions is about to befall Mitch Rapp — and he must use all his cunning, skill and ruthless determination to stay alive and seek vengeance against the traitor who would bring him down.




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  • DarrenAlbert

    That really sounds like a role tailor made for Matthew Fox. Definitely not Colin Farrell and Gerard Butler suits certain roles, but not others – this is one of those others. I think it's about time Matthew Fox got a lead action role, he always has moments in Lost where you think, “Yeah, this guy could do that.”

  • Ryan

    I would like to see Matthew Fox. I have read the books and Rapp is brooding and intense but he isn't Mr. Muscle like Gerard Butler. Fox is my pick as well, plus he's a familiar face but not one whose name has to carry the picture. It can stand on its own merits.

  • terrysheridan

    My vote is for Butler. This is perfect for him and he really needs to get away from the dismal rom-coms written for the female lead. He is a great, strong male presence with a sensitive and funny side too. He could make this roll his own.

  • Medicis

    Matthew Fox is someone Vince Flynn would approve of. He's extremely meticulous and hard working, no Hollywood star attitude and his method acting is what suits Rapp best. And yeah, Mitch Rapp is not a muscly, wise-cracking hero suited for Butler. Farell sucks and SWAT sucked so there's no way he can carry this with any degree of credibility.

  • paulclichy

    farrell has become a better actor since he quit drinking i liked him in minority report would be intresting to see his interpretation of it and butler would be easy to believe as the agent with fox being a tv actor i dont know if he has the charisma to carry a franchise

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Yep, I vote for Matthew Fox.

    Though few would notice or admit it, he was awesome in Speed Racer.

    I also see him as a better match to Antoine Fuqua. I have not read the books, but Ryan in that other post suggests he is brooding and intense, and from previous work of all three I'd say Fox is definitely the one with the most behind his eyes when “brooding”. As far as leading man material is concerned, his character on Lost was supposed to be killed in Season one, but audiences gravitated to him so strongly the show runners knew it would be a big mistake. Good call, too, because he's grown tremendously as an actor.

    Not to mention he has the most to gain. :)

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    I still prefer Matthew Fox, but I will say that watching Butler's career has been painful. I don't know if it's him or just bad projects or what. He could sure use a picture like this, but I just don't see it for him, myself.

  • MCd_lyte

    As long as there are so many sweet explosions they can cast a butcher down the street from my council flat named Brahim who is a 50 years old fat Morrocan and this movie will be so sweet… http://j.mp/bUIzKk

  • Matt

    The problem with Butler is, he hasn't been in enough films!

    I say go with the wild card, Fox.

  • JaySin420

    I love him on Lost but Fox doesn't belong in the same sentence as Butler and Farrell.

  • MCP

    STFU!

    Go for Matthew Fox.

    End of Line

  • Flying Flynn

    No, he doesn't. Because he can actually be more expressive than a telephone pole, unlike Gerald Butler.

    You're starting from the wrong premise. Butler and Farrell don't belong in the same sentence as Mitch Rapp. I'm a fan of the novel and the one they're starting from for the movie… that one's a very emotionally intense one and not in the screaming and grunting way that Butler calls acting. Rapp is a cerebral guy whose cover is an IT consultancy company which he actually does manage. Just imagining Colin Farrell trying to look: a) ten years older b) smart c) All-American is cracking my shit up.

    I haven't seen enough of Fox, but he's the least egregiously unfit for the part so far.

  • Maddy

    Colin Farrell for sure. I think the character calls for the bravado and cheekiness that Farrell excels in

  • Carolina

    COLIN! COLIN! COLIN!

    Any actor taking on a project of this scope needs to have major magnetism going on. Colin Farrell hits an “11″ on the 1-10 magnetic scale. I promise you that if Colin Farrell plays Rapp – all my friends and I will go see each installment about 15 times. That alone should bring up the box office…. (I have a lot of friends) ;) Seriously, if the scripts are any good, Farrell can bring magic to this part.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2JBN3SVTKLG7WNHGPITQZYKMN4 myob

    I've enjoyed Fox tremendously on Lost. But Colin Farrell has a range & intensity more suitable to this specific role & perhaps more staying power & dimension.

  • steves

    Jon Hamm for this role….hands down

  • ispy

    MATHHEW FOX! he is more of a blank slate than the other 2, more mainstream Hollywood actors

  • frannie63

    Have any of you people seen any of Gerard Butler's earlier movies..like Dear Frankie? Talk about brooding and intense!! He was sensational in that movie. Also I think a lot of the male comments are showing the green eyed monster big time. He also did a mini series in the UK called “The Jury” another amazing performance. Now I agree some of the stuff he's been doing hasn't been that great but I would bet my house that with a meaty part like this he would make you all eat your words! That is if the male egos could stand it!

  • frannie63

    Have any of you people seen any of Gerard Butler's earlier movies..like Dear Frankie? Talk about brooding and intense!! He was sensational in that movie. Also I think a lot of the male comments are showing the green eyed monster big time. He also did a mini series in the UK called “The Jury” another amazing performance. Now I agree some of the stuff he's been doing hasn't been that great but I would bet my house that with a meaty part like this he would make you all eat your words! That is if the male egos could stand it!

  • Mari

    Matthew Fox is perfect for this role! Give him a chance! Look what he did for Lost! He can so do this!!! We need a new face on the big screen. I love Gerry Butler and like Colin Farrel, but Matthew is the best choice for this role

  • Frannie63

    You are entitled to your opinion. In your eyes you think MF would be good for this role and in mine he's too stoic! He doesn't have the ability or the acting chops that Gerry or Colin has and I honestly think if Gerry is given a chance he will make this character his own! Don't get me wrong…I truly respect your opinion and all I can say is May the best man win… BTW Gerry is so busy right now that he might not even accept the role if it is offered to him…He is in demand!

  • Ernie Barangan

    Buttler, Farrel and Fox are all too good looking to be the face of an
    assassin. As I have mentioned before, Mark Walberg is the best actor
    to play the part of Mitch Rapp. He was very good in the film The Shooter. He has almost the same personality of Jason Bourne.

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