Robert De Niro to Play Governor George Wallace in Lee Daniels’ SELMA? And He’s Working on a Sequel to MIDNIGHT RUN!?

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Nikki Finke at Deadline may be fascinated with the comings and goings of stars between agencies, but her story about Robert De Niro leaving William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) and returning to Creative Artists Agency (CAA) speeds right through the fascinating info about De Niro’s upcoming projects.  Deadline reports that De Niro will play the showy role of infamous Alabama Governor George Wallace in Lee Daniels’ (Precious) next film, Selma, which is about the 1965 march in Alabama that was “the political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement.”  Wallace famously said in his 1963 inauguration speech,  “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

Deadline also reports that De Niro is in “mid-development on another Midnight Run,” and that’s…interesting.  The original is a fantastic flick that holds up today and is a touchstone of the action-comedy genre.  However, I’m not sure how I feel about a sequel.  I think there’s potential, but De Niro has been phoning it in for a while now.  The only performance he’s really nailed in the past decade was his supporting role in The Good Shepherd.  Other than that, his films have been mediocre to cringe-worthy.  I hope that his upcoming roles in Stone and Robert Rodriguez’ Machete signal a turn in his career where he actually gives a damn again and showcases the acting talent we all know he still has in him.




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  • billymatt

    If DeNiro can get Groden back, then the world is a better place with two
    Midnight Run movies. I say go for it.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GHB4QO3563AXBMU6XIZH3C3P24 Aquariasm

    Though I usually agree with most of the editorial on this exemplary entertainment blog, I must chime in the following disagreement: Robert DeNiro (whose past performances have never–in my humble opinion–matched the brilliance of his lowly Taxi Driver) brought his cinematic brass as the ambiguously gay Captain Shakespeare in the most creative and shining-est (LotR notwithstanding) original fantasy flick of the past decade, Mathew Vaughn's “Stardust.” I do agree, though, that Bobby was lovely and sinister in “The Good Shepherd” but to say he has been “phoning it in” for the last decade without mentioning his ensemble performances just hurts. Finally, I don't care for sequels made some 20 years after the fact even though I am old enough to remember when the original hit the theatres and if the current focus demographic for studios is taken into account, a movie starring two old guys reprising decades old characters will die before the film starts rolling.

  • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

    I love Stardust. I just feel his performance in it isn't very imaginative. Captain Shakespeare looks gruff but is secretly flamboyant. It feels more like “Look at tough-guy De Niro acting gay!” when we've already seen that kind of comedy in “Meet the Parents/Fockers” and “Analyze This/That” which all play off his tough-guy persona. You see De Niro's filmography instead of his character.

  • Darkness

    There's already two Midnight Run movies. In fact, there's like three sequels. All TV movies without De Niro obviously. I'd love to see a new one, it would be nice to get Grodin back. Perhaps have him seeking out De Niro for help when Denis Farnina's mobster gets out of jail/escapes and comes looking for him? OK that kinda sucks, but then hopefully they can pay someone much better than me to come up with a similar but less lame and obvious idea to reunite them. Could be called Midnight Run: The Next Life!

    I'll get my coat.

  • billymatt

    If DeNiro can get Groden back, then the world is a better place with two
    Midnight Run movies. I say go for it.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GHB4QO3563AXBMU6XIZH3C3P24 Aquariasm

    Though I usually agree with most of the editorial on this exemplary entertainment blog, I must chime in the following disagreement: Robert DeNiro (whose past performances have never–in my humble opinion–matched the brilliance of his lowly Taxi Driver) brought his cinematic brass as the ambiguously gay Captain Shakespeare in the most creative and shining-est (LotR notwithstanding) original fantasy flick of the past decade, Mathew Vaughn's “Stardust.” I do agree, though, that Bobby was lovely and sinister in “The Good Shepherd” but to say he has been “phoning it in” for the last decade without mentioning his ensemble performances just hurts. Finally, I don't care for sequels made some 20 years after the fact even though I am old enough to remember when the original hit the theatres and if the current focus demographic for studios is taken into account, a movie starring two old guys reprising decades old characters will die before the film starts rolling.

  • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

    I love Stardust. I just feel his performance in it isn't very imaginative. Captain Shakespeare looks gruff but is secretly flamboyant. It feels more like “Look at tough-guy De Niro acting gay!” when we've already seen that kind of comedy in “Meet the Parents/Fockers” and “Analyze This/That” which all play off his tough-guy persona. You see De Niro's filmography instead of his character.

  • Darkness

    There's already two Midnight Run movies. In fact, there's like three sequels. All TV movies without De Niro obviously. I'd love to see a new one, it would be nice to get Grodin back. Perhaps have him seeking out De Niro for help when Denis Farnina's mobster gets out of jail/escapes and comes looking for him? OK that kinda sucks, but then hopefully they can pay someone much better than me to come up with a similar but less lame and obvious idea to reunite them. Could be called Midnight Run: The Next Life!

    I'll get my coat.

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