Right up to this point, news on the Intouchables remake – which, I believe, will only be titled Untouchable — has been all but silent; given the presence of Colin Firth and, I might add, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, you can count me as surprised. “Up to this point,” however, since this next story purports that the latter has (possibly) started taking big, prestigious names into consideration for his next film.
Such rumors come from The New York Post (via ShadowandAct), who’ve heard that Idris Elba, Chris Rock, and Jamie Foxx are angling to take one of the primary roles, while their sources also claim Michelle Williams and Jessica Chastain are “in the mix for the female lead.” The former, as you’ve probably already heard, is the black, inner-city assistant to a white, rich businessman rendered tetraplegic by a recent paragliding accident; needless to say, their relationship is the entire crux of either film. That aforementioned female lead is, I would think, the main character’s assistant and close friend.
Want to see any of them hop on board? I’d temper whatever expectations you might have already accrued, if only because the Post story doesn’t have much else “behind” their claims, in terms of facts, comments, and so on. Sure, any one of those five names would probably contribute interesting work to either part — though a pairing of Rock and Feig would (probably erroneously) lead me to think this has more of a comedic bent than the original — but I’d wait to see who really gets into the swing of things.
What do you make of these early rumors? Would their validity be a credit to Untouchable as a whole?
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