Just to clarify: This is not the Roland Emmerich film wherein Jamie Foxx, President, is saved by a Secret Service agent with remarkable similarities to Channing Tatum. Olympus Has Fallen is, rather, Antoine Fuqua‘s take on the same basic set-up — but, this time, Gerard Butler tries to rescue the Commander in Chief from Oval Office-inhabiting terrorists.
Despite a slow pace on on that project, Variety reports that Aaron Eckhart is now the second member of a soon-to-blossom cast, having been selected for the one-and-only Presidential role. A good, reliable pick of an actor, though the extent of his onscreen work remains a slight mystery; if Butler plays a guy trying to rescue him, wouldn’t you, logically, not see much of the character? But if I go and apply words like “logic” to a big-gunned action movie, the whole (white) house of cards just comes tumbling down. Anyway, I still think he’d make a more charismatic leader than (the entirely likeable) Jamie Foxx.
Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt have already written the screenplay, while Millennium Films and Butler are producing Olympus Has Fallen for a September commencement. Which means, come next year, this and White House Down are practically going to make “Die Hard in the White House” a new catchphrase.
Does Eckhart have the potential to elevate Olympus above the competition?
Film Society of Lincoln Center To commemorate her passing, free screenings of Chantal Akerman‘s Jeanne Dielman (on 35mm) and her self-portrait Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman will screen for free on Friday. Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s The Boys from Fengkuei will play on Friday night, with Hou making an appearance. Museum of the Moving Image Frederick Wiseman‘s […]
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