With Dwayne Johnson, Liam Hemsworth, and Emma Roberts seemingly ready to lead Empire State, Dito Montiel has started to track down supporting players in his real-life crime drama. Deadline has two reports on this front, telling us that Chris Diamantopoulos (The Three Stooges), Michael Angarano (Red State), Nikki Reed (Twilight), Jerry Ferrara (Entourage), and Paul Ben-Victor (The Wire) will all take some screen space. (It’s pointed out that Ben-Victor and Diamantopoulos have both played Moe Howard in the past. Trivia!)
Adam Mazer wrote the film, which centers on “two childhood friends from Astoria, N.Y., who plan to rob an armored car depository, with Johnson playing the NYPD detective out to bust them.” Diamantopoulos is the only one with a confirmed role, and it seems like a big one; he’ll play a mob boss who realizes that only two people committed a robbery, while everyone else thinks its a group of criminals. Production will commence on the movie next week.
A second Deadline item brings news that, somehow, another actor is being fit into Seth Gordon‘s ever-growing Identity Thief. The next performer in this long line of additions is Morris Chestnut (Think Like a Man, Boyz n the Hood), who will be playing a police detective; I don’t know if there’s any significance to Deadline’s mention that he’ll be “a Boston police detective.” Nor do I know if anyone cares. The rest of the film is filled out by Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet, Jon Favreau, John Cho, Clark Duke, Genesis Rodriguez, and T.I., and Identity Thief will open on May 10th, 2013.
Does either film stand to improve with these additions?
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
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