Albert Hughes‘ Motor City got some false hope when, for about 24 hours, it looked as though Jake Gyllenhaal would step in to replace the schedule-bound Dominic Cooper. Then, roughly 24 hours after that story broke, his own schedule kept him out of the game. Times were tough.
But Twitch reports that a possible solution lies on the horizon, and this solution is named Jeremy Renner. After an offer was thrown out, the actor is said to have found himself in negotiations for a picture that would cast him as “a small time hood who is framed and sent to prison, only to exact revenge years later on a kingpin-type (Gary Oldman) to get back the woman (Amber Heard) he loves.” The tough-guy protagonist is right in his wheelhouse (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers), making him a smart, hard-to-disagree with pick. (Oh, and Chad St. John‘s script only has one line of dialogue, in case you needed further reason to be interested.)
Cormac McCarthy might get in the way, though. As of right now, a big part in Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor could lie in his future and, with production schedules that overlap, one film would force him to step back from the other. Nevertheless, this selection process is a win-win for him and us, the audience members; this early out, I feel fine saying that he’d be killer in either part. (Probably a killer, too.) And if he doesn’t get either part? Well, he’s still Jeremy Renner, and that’s more than any of us can say.
Would you buy Renner as this character? How has Motor City looked to you thus far?
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