Is it a backhanded compliment when I say Jude Law finally started to get my attention this past year? But I do mean it; there was a fun, wonderfully hammy & paranoid turn in Steven Soderbergh‘s Contagion, along with a great, crucial cameo in Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo. (Sherlock Holmes passed by me because there are limits.) With upcoming roles in Joe Wright‘s Anna Karenina, the impressive-looking Rise of the Guardians, and Soderbergh‘s 2013 effort, The Bitter Pill, he might actually become someone whose name I don’t simply shrug at.
Dom Hemingway has a shot in aiding that effort, too. THR tells us he’s agreed to lead the film, which is described as a revenge-fueled black comedy about a safe cracker, he being of the titular sort, that is “funny, profane, dangerous,” and short-tempered, to boot. After finishing up a twelve-year prison sentence and being put back into society, the man takes it upon himself to “collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut.” Richard Shepard (The Matador) is helming for BBC Films and Hanway, while Jeremy Thomas is producing through his Recorded Picture Company; Richard E. Grant will also star.
All in all, I’m finding it pretty easy to groove with that basic set-up. Law’s got the right demeanor to pull off that kind of role, Shepard can do violence-based humor, and Thomas doesn’t just get involved with any film. Then again, if you, like I, am a sucker for foul-mouthed British criminals who commit heinous acts, Dom Hemingway is kind of a simple sell. Here’s hoping the final result is just as easy to ingest.
Are you up for Dom Hemingway, and is Law the right man to lead it?
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