Gerard Butler in Talks to Lead MOTOR CITY

     March 29, 2012


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.

gerard-butler-imagePer Variety, another Butler project, the heist film Brilliant, is currently scheduled to get rolling around the same time, which, one supposes, could mean more heartbreak on the horizon for this poor, beleaguered Warner Brothers production.

Gary Oldman (who previously worked with director Hughes on The Book of Eli) and Amber Heard are already signed on to co-star in the pic. Dark Castle Entertainment is producing.

The original script for the project comes from Chad St. John. It made the 2009 Black List as one of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. Allegedly, that original draft contained very few lines of dialogue. It’s since been rewritten, presumably with more words taking the place of intense stares and menacing finger-across-the-throat gestures. Either way, it seems like a good fit for Butler, who can glower with the best of them.

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