We have a few casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Bruce Willis is set to lead the thriller Expiration. According to Variety, Willis plays “a hitman who is poisoned and has to find a cure before he expires.” So it’s like D.O.A. but probably with a lot more killing of other people. The film is currently in negotiations for a director, and the script is from Broken City scribe Brian Tucker. What’s slightly damning about this production is that it’s from producers Randall Emmett and George Furla. The duo previously produced the Willis films Setup and Fire with Fire. While Willis didn’t lead those movies, they still went direct-to-DVD. Then again, they also co-starred talking mannequin 50 Cent, so perhaps Expiration will be better if they leave him out of it.
Hit the jump for casting news on Anita and Mojave.
THR reports that Uma Thurman will play the lead in the Anita Bryan biopic, Anita. For those who don’t know, Bryant is a toxic human being who spent her life campaigning against gay rights in the name of Christianity. She was formerly a celebrity singer and spokeswoman for Florida orange juice. Eventually, her show biz career was destroyed by her anti-gay campaigning and she ended up going bankrupt. Some stories have happy endings.
The film follows Bryant when she allows a gay screenwriter into her home and must confront her past. I don’t know how the film will handle that confrontation, but according to Wikipedia, Bryant’s current stance on homosexuality is “I’m more inclined to say live and let live, just don’t flaunt it or try to legalize it.” So “live and let live” as long as that life doesn’t include openly being gay. Also, it’s not illegal to be gay or even to get married. Those marriages just aren’t recognized by some states. My personal views on Bryant aside, I’m curious to see how directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Lovelace), screenwriter Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club), and Thurman will approach the character.
Finally, Garrett Hedlund has replaced Jason Clarke in William Monahan‘s thriller Mojave. The Wrap doesn’t say why Clarke left the project (he was still attached back in January), but Hedlund is now tapped to play “a near-suicidal artist who escapes into the desert to take an existential crisis head-on, only to encounter a doppelganger-like antagonist in the form of a brilliant, homicidal drifter (Oscar Isaac).” This is the first we’ve heard about the plot, and it sounds like an intriguing premise. Hedlund and Isaac will also be seen together in the Coen Brothers‘ upcoming film, Inside Llweyn Davis.