Nov 18, 2009

Tradecraft: Red Attracts Bigger Cast

This movie Red seems like one to watch. The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reports that one of the supposed finalists for the James Bond role in Casino Royale, Nip/Tuck's Julian McMahon, has joined the cast of the Bruce Willis spy thriller based on the Warren Ellis comic book. Along with him comes some serious star power of yesteryear: Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine and spy stalwart Brian Cox are all in talks to join the project. The trade reiterates the logline, “Red tells the tale of a former black ops agent (Willis), now in retirement, who has to contend with younger, more high-tech assassins who show up to kill him," then adds that "McMahon would play a Vice President with a dark side who is at the center of a shadow conspiracy. Borgnine will play the keeper of the CIA’s darkest records, while Dreyfuss will be a wealthy man who builds a fortune out of lucrative government contracts. Cox is a former Cold War spy and nemesis of Willis." This casting news comes hot on the heels of the news a few weeks ago that Helen Mirren, John C. Reilly and Mary Louise Parker had all joined Willis and the previously announced Morgan Freeman. This project is quickly shaping up to be the most all-star spy movie since Ronin! But none of these people seem the right age to play the "younger, more high-tech assassins" who come after Willis. So will we be seeing some younger talent named next? Red is being directed by Robert Schwentke, whose previous credits include Flightplan and The Time Traveller's Wife, from a script by Jon and Erich Hoeber; Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing.

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