From Entertainment Weekly comes the first image of Woody Harrelson in his reunion project with writer/director Oren Moverman (The Messenger). Rampart, due to hit theaters in 2011, will feature Harrelson as an LAPD officer embroiled in a division-wide corruption scandal. The film, based on real events, also features Ben Foster (The Messenger), and veteran actors Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver and Robin Wright.
As Rampart is reuniting the co-writer/director of The Messenger with three of the film’s principle actors, and with James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) co-writing the screenplay, this film should do wonders with its on-screen chemistry and compelling source material. For all things Woody Harrelson and other projects related to Rampart, hit the jump:
Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver, and Robin Wright have joined Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster in Oren Moverman’s upcoming cop drama Rampart. The story is “Set against the backdrop of the scandal within the L.A.P.D. Rampart Division in the late 1990s and is the fictional account of a veteran police officer (Harrelson) caught up in the scandal, and his search for redemption.” Variety also reports that the film is now fully financed and is set to begin shooting October 25th in Los Angeles.
If you saw Moverman’s first film, The Messenger (which also starred Harrelson and Foster), then you’re probably excited to see what he’s going to do this time out, especially since he’s working from a script he co-wrote with James Ellroy. Harrelson and Foster leading the pic was already great news, but when you throw actors like Buscemi and Weaver into the mix you have the makings of a powerhouse ensemble.
Three quick pieces of casting news for you tonight. First up, Deadline reports that Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman) has signed on to voice the character of “Jokey” Smurf in the upcoming CG-animated film The Smurfs. Reubens joins Neil Patrick Harris, George Lopez, Quentin Tarantino, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Jonathan Winters, and Jayma Mays.
Hit the jump for news on Ice Cube joining Oren Moverman’s (The Messenger) police corruption drama Rampart and Bryce Dallas Howard coming on board Tate Taylor’s The Help.