The Hollywood Reporter confirms the Prisoner casting rumors that popped up online earlier this month in a story about a new remake of the Robbie Coltrane series Cracker. The print version of the story only mentions Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen in passing, and I thought they might just be repeating the rumors, but the updated online version clarifies:
The Prisoner -- a six-hour mini, which AMC is co-producing with ITV Prods. and Granada International -- is slated to premiere in 2009.So is there really just one Number 2? All this story does is confirm McKellen's casting; it doesn't preclude further announcements. Hopefully we'll be hearing about other high-profile Number 2's in the near future. (Psst! Get Christopher Lee!) I assume McGoohan wouldn't do it, unfortunately. Speaking of him, I'm still not convinced Caviezel has the necessary gravitas to fill his shoes, but here's hoping!
Caviezel will play the title role of Number Six, a part originally made famous by the project's creator Patrick McGoohan. Two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen will co-star as Number Two.
Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen bring an incredible level of talent to the project, and we're honored they are taking on these important roles, said Charlie Collier, AMC's general manager and executive vice president.
Once again, this is the Prisoner TV remake, which is altogether different from the planned Christopher Nolan film remake.