James Gandolfini Picks Up TWYLIGHT ZONES; Will Likely Join EXTREMELY LOUD and COGAN’S TRADE

     January 24, 2011

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James Gandolfini is apparently an experienced juggler.  From what we can tell, the actor may soon be balancing as many as three new projects in the near future.  Gandolfini has been confirmed for the first of the three projects, The Sopranos creator David Chase’s new film Twylight Zones.  Per Deadline, that film is set in 1960’s New Jersey and tells the story of an awkward teen (played by John Magaro) who begins to grow into his own as the lead singer of a rock band.  According to the report, Gandolfini will play the teen’s disapproving Italian father (sounds about right).

As for his other two potential projects, Gandolfini is currently in final negotiations to join Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock already star) as well as Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of Cogan’s Trade (headed by Brad Pitt).  For more on those two projects, hit the jump.

james-gandolfini-imagePer the same Deadline report, if the deal goes through, Gandolfini would join Cogan’s Trade as a “washed-up, alcoholic, hard-up for cash hit man.”  As the story goes, Gandolfini’s character will eventually become a liability to an ongoing investigation being conducted by Cogan (Pitt).

In addition to Pitt and potentially Gandolfini, Cogan’s Trade also stars Sam Rockwell and Casey Affleck.  The film was recently acquired by The Weinstein company who is planning a wide release in early 2012.  Briefly, Cogan’s Trade is being adapted from the George V. Higgins crime novel of the same name.  The book follows its namesake Jackie Cogan as he investigates a heist that occurs during a high-stakes game of poker.

Finally, and in regards to his potential turn in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Gandolfini is apparently eyeing the role of a male friend who meets Bullock’s character at a support group for those who have experienced tragic losses.  For those unaware, the film is based on the Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel of the same name and tells the story of a young boy who goes on a journey to discover the lock for which his deceased father’s key is made.  Shooting on the film is scheduled to begin soon with a fall/winter 2011 release currently in its sights.

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