Merely a few weeks out from the start of filming, production has been halted on the revenge drama Motor City. The film, from director Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli), has had a rather rocky development, with a number of actors (Dominic Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Renner) flirting with the lead only to subsequently drop out. Gerard Butler was finally set in the starring role of a felon who, after being released from prison, begins tracking down the men who framed him, with Adrien Brody onboard as the villain and Mickey Rourke in a supporting role. Filming was set to commence on September 17th, but the crew has now been told to go home due to some complex issues that have arisen behind the scenes. Hit the jump for more details.
Everyone loves a villain, especially when those villains are played by Adrien Brody (Predators) and Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian). Brody is in talks to antagonize Gerard Butler (300) in Motor City, a revenge thriller scripted by Chad St. John (The Punisher: Dirty Laundry) and directed by Albert Hughes (Fro Hell). Momoa will star in Wolves, the directorial debut of David Hayter, the writer of 2000′s X-Men. The supernatural flick has Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) going up against Momoa in a battle of werewolves (Good luck, Till). Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
Some macho Monday casting news for you today. Here it is in brief:
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It’s rough out there for a single film. Just ask revenge flick Motor City, which has been on the lookout for a leading man to settle down with for months now. It thought it had found Mr. Right late last year with up-and-comer Dominic Cooper, but just when things seemed to be getting serious, he was all like “I can’t do this” and left (he just left!). Painful as that was, Motor City refused to sulk and admirably kept itself open, out there, and available. Alas, after promising flirtations with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeremy Renner ended with an “Oh hey, you’re a real special flick but I’m kind of committed to another film right now,” it seemed like it was time to break out the sweatpants and Haagen-Dazs. But now, when things are at their bleakest, Gerard Butler (a nice enough guy who Motor City totally never thought of as more than a viewer), is starting to look like the one they were meant to be with all along.
Variety reports that the 300 star is in talks to come aboard the Albert Hughes-helmed actioner, as a man who is released from prison and proceeds to hunt down those responsible for putting him there. The pic is slated to start production this June. Hit the jump for more on Motor City.
The lead role in Motor City continues to be a revolving door. Chris Evans came in first. Then Dominic Cooper was on board for months in a more official capacity, until a scheduling conflict forced Cooper to drop out. Jake Gyllenhaal stepped up, but Warner Bros. and Dark Castle couldn’t secure a deal, so it’s back to the drawing board. The struggle may turn out for the best, since Twitch hears the drawing board turned up Jeremy Renner. Renner has reportedly entered into discussions to star as “a felon who, after being released from prison, begins tracking down the men who framed him.” If they can get him, Renner is a powerful presence, which Motor City requires. The original Black List-approved script by Chad St. John is said to contain just a few lines of dialogue. One catch: WB is looking at an April start date, which could pull Renner out of the running for The Counselor, which shoots in May. Sadly, Jeremy Renner cannot be in every movie.
Amber Heard and Gary Oldman are committed to play the romantic interest and the “kingpin-type pulling the strings,” respectively. Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) is directing.
Dominic Cooper was set to lead Albert Hughes‘ revenge thriller Motor City, but has dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Variety reports that Warner Bros. and production company Dark Castle are scrambling to find a new lead, and they are now in talks with Jake Gyllenhaal for the lead role. If Gyllenhaal signs on, he would play “a felon who, after being released from prison, begins tracking down the men who framed him.” Amber Heard will play the woman he loves, and Gary Oldman will play “a kingpin-type pulling the strings and who has his hooks into the woman.” Filming is set to begin next month.
Gyllenhaal will next be seen in David Ayer‘s cop action-drama End of Watch co-starring Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, and America Ferrera. The film opens September 28th.
Gary Oldman is finally an Oscar nominee for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the actor looks to have chosen a baddie role as his next project. Heat Vision reports that Oldman is in talks to reunite with his Book of Eli director Albert Hughes for the revenge thriller Motor City. The film centers on a man who gets released from prison and sets out on a revenge mission to hunt down the people who framed him. Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) is set as the male lead opposite Amber Heard (The Rum Diary) who plays the woman he loves. Oldman will play “a kingpin-type pulling the strings and who has his hooks into the woman. An April production start date is being eyed.
Oldman consistently turns in fantastic performances, and he’s set to star in a number of upcoming projects. He’ll be seen this summer in The Dark Knight Rises (obviously), followed by the star-studded adaptation of The Wettest County this fall. He’s also been rumored for the role of Merlin in Warner Bros.’ Arthur & Lancelot, but that project is currently on hold as the studio works out some budget issues.
Director Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) has found his female lead for the thriller Motor City. Deadline reports that Amber Heard (The Rum Diary) has landed the female lead in the pic opposite Dominic Cooper. The film centers on a man who gets released from prison and sets out on a revenge mission to hunt down the people who framed him. There are currently no details on Heard’s role, but the actress has been gaining traction as of late starring in Drive Angry, NBC’s now-cancelled The Playboy Club, and most recently The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp.
Cooper recently starred in Captain America: The First Avenger and drew positive remarks for his performance in this year’s The Devil’s Double. He’ll next be seen in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Motor City was scripted by Chad St. John. The film will be Hughes’ first solo directorial effort, as he helmed his previous pics alongside brother Allen. Joel Silver is producing, and with the two leads set expect to hear more casting news soon.
When Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) signed on to direct, Motor City became a priority at Warner Bros. The next step is to find the right star to play “a felon who, after being released from prison, begins tracking down the men who framed him.” It will be tricky to pull off, because the screenplay by Chad St. John that made the 2009 Black List is said to contain just a few lines of dialogue. An early report suggested Chris Evans, Joel Edgerton, and Jeremy Renner were in contention. All strong choices, but Variety adds another in more serious talks with the studio: Dominic Cooper. Cooper shined a little less brightly than fellow candidate Evans in Captain America this summer, but that was just a paycheck compared to the showier vehicle Cooper had in The Devil’s Double. Producer Joel Silver was reportedly so impressed with Cooper’s performance in a dual role in The Devil’s Double that he sought the actor out for Motor City.
The premise is instantly alluring, even if the latest draft isn’t quite so dialogue-free as it used to be. I don’t know how to phrase this less awkwardly, but… Cooper has a really interesting face. It’s the wide-set eyes. Perfect for this kind of role, especially since he has the chops to back it up.
Ever since he wandered away from Akira, Warner Bros has apparently been anxious to sign Menace II Society director Albert Hughes onto one of their upcoming movies. Today it looks as though a project has been found that will keep Hughes at the good ol’ WB and that project is Motor City. The film is a pretty simple revenge picture about a small town crook who is wrongfully sent to jail and comes out determined to punish those responsible. It’s generic stuff, but the twist is that the much beloved script apparently contains only a single line of dialogue. This has the makings of a pretty out there blockbuster action movie and apparently Captain America himself Chris Evans is in talks to play the lead role (how could he possibly memorize all of the dialogue?). Could be interesting. Could get made. Hit the jump for more details.