Just the other day we got word that both J.K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick could possibly join the cast of Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant and now The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal is up for a role, too. Or perhaps I should say The Wolf of Wall Street, Snitch or Fury’s Jon Bernthal because ever since leaving the show, he’s been doing pretty well for himself on the big screen.
In addition, it’s also being reported that Richard Gere is locked to lead a film called Oppenheimer Strategies for director Joseph Cedar. Hit the jump for more on that, The Accountant and Live By Night as well.
According to Deadline, Oppenheimer Strategies focuses on a small-time operator named Norman Oppenheimer. Three years after befriending a young politician during a low point in his life, that politician winds up becoming an influential world leader and it changes Norman’s life both for better and worse.
Certain details are still coming together, but Cedar’s got plans to get behind the lens in New York on January 12th. Tadmor Entertainment Group, Fabrica de Cine and Cold Iron Pictures are all financing with Oren Moverman, Lawrence Inglee, Eyal Rimmon, Gideon Tadmor, Gaston Pavlovich and Miranda Bailey set to produce.
The Accountant news comes from The Wrap. The outlet notes that both Bernthal and Simmons are in the negotiations stage, but claims that Kendrick is just “being sought for the female lead” at this point. Last we heard, her deal had a long way to go and might not stick, so perhaps there’s a chance her casting won’t pan out.
Per usual, we’ve got zero information on the role Bernthal is up for, but should he sign on, he’ll join Ben Affleck who’s set to play a “mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin.” The Wrap also notes that Bernthal is also being considered for a role in Affleck’s Live By Night as well. That one’s an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel about a guy named Joe Coughlin and his experience climbing the organized crime ladder in Boston in the 1920s.