Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves) is being courted for substantial roles in a pair of upcoming films. While Costner’s recent work was on the small screen in the History channel’s Hatfields & McCoys, he’ll next be seen on the big screen as Pa Kent in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Now, reports have Costner being courted for Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan film reboot which stars Chris Pine, as well as a Luc Besson production, Three Days to Kill. Hopefully this is a kickstart to seeing more of Costner in features again. More on both of these projects after the jump.
Deadline reports that Costner is being sought to star in the Jack Ryan reboot in a new role that’s being compared to that of James Earl Jones’ Admiral Greer. As the reboot is seen as a prequel to the previous Jack Ryan films, Jones may actually appear. Costner’s role has reportedly been created as a sort of mentor and recruiter of a young Jack Ryan.
Another role that Costner is being offered is that of a dying assassin in Three Days to Kill. Compared to Liam Neeson’s fantastic turn in Taken, the action drama was scripted by Besson and Adi Hasak. The report also has McG circling to direct. The picture is set in France and features Costner as Ethan Renner, a government assassin with a terminal condition. Before his departure, Renner chooses to take on one last mission and find a way to reconcile with his daughter. (There has to be some way to get Costner and Neeson together in a buddy action comedy in which they repeatedly rescue each other’s daughters.)