Last month, we reported that Jeff Bridges was in talks to co-star with Ryan Reynolds in the adaptation of the Dark Horse comic series R.I.P.D. The comics are about a group of dead lawmen in the “Rest in Peace Department” who try to keep other dead folks in line. The Wrap now confirms that Bridges is on board to play Roy Powell, whom producer Neal Moritz described as “a gunslinger who’s been dead for hundreds of years.” Reynolds plays Powell’s partner, Nick Cruz, a recently murdered cop who’s out for revenge. Powell was originally set to be played by Zach Galifianakis, but he dropped out over concerns that the project would be delayed if Warner Bros. exercised Reynolds’ option on Green Lantern 2. However, we have now confirmed that filming is set for mid-September in Boston.
My main concern over this project rests with director Robert Schwentke. While the action scenes in Red were competent enough, he had a tough time finding the comedy and R.I.P.D. is being billed as a “supernatural comedy”. In the meantime, we’ll wait and see if Reynolds will move to this film or if he’ll be headed back to Oa.