May 1, 2015
Tradecraft: Amy Ryan to Chase Down The Rock in Central Intelligence
She might not be in the Michael Caine zone yet, but Amy Ryan continues to steadily boost the number of spy credits on her resume. Following roles in Paul Greengrass's Green Zone (review here) and Steven Spielberg's forthcoming Bridge of Spies, Ryan has joined the cast of the Rawson Marshall Thurber action comedy Central Intelligence, Deadline reports, in which it sounds like she'll play a variation on the Joan Allen character from the Bourne movies. Central Intelligence, for those who can't keep straight all the spy comedies currently in the pipeline, is the buddy picture pairing Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart. Hart plays a former high school jock now living a humdrum life as an accountant, and Johnson plays a former high school wimp who has grown up to become, well, The Rock... and works as an assassin for the CIA. The CIA agent, who I'm guessing from the description of Ryan's character must have pulled a Bourne and be on the run from his own people, enlists his old classmate at a high school reunion to help thwart a dastardly spy plot. According to the trade, "Ryan will play the CIA operative who is chasing Johnson’s character." Danielle Nicolet (The Starter Wife) recently joined the cast as well, playing Hart’s childhood sweetheart turned wife. Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen penned the script.