Some macho Monday casting news for you today. Here it is in brief:
- Joe Manganiello (True Blood) is in talks to join Arnold Schwarzenegger in Breacher, formerly titled Ten, an action thriller from director David Ayer (Street Kings).
- Patrick St. Esprit (Super 8) has joined director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching FIre, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
- Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) has been cast in Albert Hughes’ crime drama, Motor City, opposite Gerard Butler.
Hit the jump for more on each of these projects.
First up from Heat Vision comes the news that Manganiello is in negotiations to star alongside Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard and Dawn Olivieri in Breacher. The Skip Woods’ script centers on ten DEA agents who use an operation as a cover for a planned heist. Loosely based off of Agatha Christie’s short story, “Ten Little Indians,” the agents then mysteriously start dying off one by one. Manganiello would play Ginder (a hilarious name for Magic MIke fans), an agent with a conscience who attempts to alert the police. The picture, distributed through Open Road, is eying an October start in Atlanta.
Next up from Variety is news of a relatively small part in a huge movie. St. Esprit is set to play Romulus Thread in the Lionsgate film, Catching Fire. With a history of playing militaristic, authoritative roles, St. Esprit’s character will become the Head Peacekeeper of Katniss’ (Lawrence) home of District 12. With the victors of the previous games touring the districts, a sense of rebellion is building; President Snow (Donald Sutherland) will have none of it. The sequel to The Hunger Games welcomes newcomers Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Jena Malone and Lynn Cohen, and will open November 22nd, 2013.
Finally, via Deadline (via The Playlist), we have word that Rourke will be the latest actor to attempt Motor City, which still has Butler secured in the starring role. The Chad St. John script centers on a man, wrongfully imprisoned, who goes after the men who double-crossed him once he serves his time. The interesting thing about this project is that the protagonist reportedly only has one line of dialogue. That being said, even one line may be too much as Motor City has been beleaguered as of late. The project has already seen the comings and goings of Jake Gyllenhaal, Dominic Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Clive Owen, Amber Heard and Gary Oldman…just to name a few.