Despite recently playing Odin in Thor and having Fernando Meirelles‘ 360 coming out later this year, Anthony Hopkins will forever be known as Hannibal Lecter, thanks to his performances in Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Red Dragon. I doubt that he has a problem with this; Lord knows it’s paid off for the Welsh actor. He’s not done with serial killers, though, with Variety reporting that he’s in final talks for Solace.
Originally written by Sean Bailey and Ted Griffin — with additional drafts done by James Vanderbilt and Peter Morgan — the film follows “John Clancy, a former doctor with psychic abilities who works for the FBI and is drawn into a unique serial killer case that pits him against a formidable foe.” No director is currently set, but I would think that the combination of Hopkins and the involved screenwriters would get a helmer interested.
The basic premise sounds overly familiar — psychic detectives are a pretty tired conceit at this point. That much being said, letting Hopkins have some fun with the role could lead to good results, or at least a wild performance. Plus, the involved parties on that screenplay could make a world of difference.
Meanwhile, Variety is also telling us that Peter Stormare is in talks to star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand, which will be directed by Kim Ji-woon. His part is described as “Burrell, a seasoned war veteran who carries out the main villain’s orders and leads an eight-man crew in taking on Schwarzenegger and his fellow officers.” If you don’t remember, the story centers on a cop (Schwarzenegger) who has to stop a drug cartel leader from escaping to Mexico. The script is based on a spec by Andrew Knauer, with Jeffrey Nachmanoff and George Nolfi (the latter of whom wrote and directed The Adjustment Bureau) doing rewrites.
Stormare has been playing a bad guy for years and years — probably most notably in Fargo — and that’s because he’s fantastic at it. I think he’s often cast in an antagonistic role because there’s a certain sleazy look that he can carry; he’s also a good actor, which doesn’t hurt. Seeing him and Schwarzenegger go toe-to-toe wouldn’t even be a real contest, but it sure would be fun. That’s how I feel about this entire project — it sounds like a lot of fun.
The Last Stand opens on January 18th, 2013.
Would you want to see Hopkins return to the serial killer genre? Is Stormare a good fit for The Last Stand?
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