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

     January 25, 2010

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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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