With White House Down getting itself together right across Hollywood, Antoine Fuqua and his team are working at lightning speed to assemble Olympus Has Fallen into shooting shape. Thus, in the latest round of casting, THR tells us that Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Rick Yune (The Man with the Iron Fists, Die Another Day), and Cole Hauser (2 Fast 2 Furious) are now in the picture.
Leo‘s being signed to appear as the Secretary of Defense who concedes information when tortured; Yune is the primary antagonist, “a North Korean posing as a South Korean ministerial aide” who, obviously, is also “a sociopathic monster”; and Hauser will be a Secret Service agent. Not that you probably didn’t know this already, but Olympus — written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt — centers on a former member of the Secret Service who has to save his President when the White House comes under attack from North Korean terrorists. I hope it all makes a little more sense now.
Along with these new members and the aforementioned star, Olympus‘ current lineup consists of Aaron Eckhart, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett, and Radha Mitchell. The film will begin shooting sometime in the next couple of months.
Afterward, it’s reported that Rob Corddry will continue the movie stint with Paul Feig, as he, according to Variety, is close to singing for a role in the director’s newest comedy, The Heat, though the details on such a part have not been publicly revealed as of this time. However, we do know that the project follows an FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) and a Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy), both of whom are paired up and tasked with prosecuting a Russian gangster — it’s also been said that Tony Hale and John Baker will take supporting roles.
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