Nov 15, 2010

Tradecraft: Aaron Eckhart Signs Up For Spy Movie

Deadline reports Aaron Eckhart his signed on to star as an ex-spook in The Expatriate for Essential Entertainment. According to the trade blog, "Eckhart plays a former CIA agent who hopes to make a fresh start with his estranged 15-year old daughter. He takes a job in Belgium as a security expert for a multinational corporation and arrives one day to find the corporation no longer exists, his coworkers are gone, and his assistant is really a trained operative out to kill him and his daughter. Father and daughter go on the run and must learn to trust each other, something that becomes difficult once she learns the truth about his shadowy past." 
Sounds sort of like a mash-up between Liam Neeson's two neo-Eurospy movies Taken and Uknown (the latter co-written by John Le Carré's son)–but in a good way!  (I don't think there's any other way, really, but I suppose it could be read that way.) The Expatriate will shoot early next year in Belgium and Montreal.  Personally, I like the idea of Eckhart starring in a neo-Eurospy movie, because he's always seemed like a bit of a dead ringer for Roger Browne (right), star of Password: Kill Agent GordonThe Fantastic Argoman and other Eurospy capers!

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